The computer store owner who gave Hunter Biden's laptop to the FBI and Rudy Giulilani is a 44-year-old Trump voter. He showed up Wednesday, hours after pictures and emails of him sent shock waves across Washington.
John Paul MacIsaac confirmed he had turned the laptop over to the FBI late last year and told the Daily Beast that he was "just a guy who wanted something (taken out) from this store" after discovering he was the Democratic Candidates had sons pictures and emails.
The younger Biden left three damaged Apple laptops in MacIsaac's Wilmington, DE store in April 2019, but never returned or paid for the $ 85 bill for restoring the data from them.
Its contents were revealed by the New York Post on Wednesday after being turned over to the newspaper by Rudy Giuliani, the President's personal attorney.
The emails appeared to show that Hunter Biden introduced his father to his business partner in Ukraine – but this was quickly denied by the Biden campaign, which said no such meeting was found in his schedules from 2015 when the e- Mail indicated that this was happening.
But MacIsaac created new confusion and questions about how the contents of the laptop ended up with the FBI and Giuliani.
On a tape recording of his lengthy interview with the Daily Beast reporter, he wasn't sure how he and the FBI got in touch in the fall of 2019.
I had Jaeger's emails: John Paul MacIsaac, 44, a former Genius bar worker who runs his own Mac store in Wilmington, DE, announced that he had given the laptop to both the FBI and Rudy Giuliani had – but offered conflicting reports of its business to law enforcement
How it got there: MacIsaac offers data recovery services at its Wilmington, DE store, and Hunter Biden simply walked in with three damaged laptops. Two had water damage and one had a sticky keyboard. But he never returned to get her back
In hot water: Hunter Biden's laptop also contained sexually explicit pictures and footage of him apparently smoking crack, the New York Post reported
Biden in bed: A photo of the former Vice President's son, apparently sleeping, is one of the pictures Giuliani has published. It shows him with a pipe smoking crack or marijuana in his mouth
He said first that he had contacted the FBI, but also said, "You came up to me."
Repeatedly asked for clarity, he said "no comment" and said he had asked a trusted friend who was "better at this press and espionage" for advice.
"I was afraid I had reached out to some people I trusted who might connect me to the FBI," he said. "Then they showed up."
The people are not political, he said, but declined to comment on how he met them.
Before the FBI came, he made a copy to "protect me," he said, but said he didn't know there were any other copies.
And he repeatedly declined to comment on how he came into contact with Giuliani, whose personal attorney Robert Costello says he received the contents of the laptop from MacIsaac.
"I don't feel comfortable solving something right now," he said.
But MacIsaac, a former chief genius at a nearby Apple store who is single, shared how he got hold of the laptop.
He said he had an unnamed "illness," which meant he didn't recognize Hunter when he walked into his store in April 2019, but when asked for his client's name, he thought, "It sounds familiar ".
“I checked it into the system. First name, Hunter. Last name, there was a long pause – Biden. Oh, ”he said. “I've had a handful of famous people come here that I don't recognize. Sabrina – Cosby's older sister – Le Beauf, she comes in here sometimes. & # 39;
The MacBook Pro also had a Beau Biden sticker, he said. His report differs slightly from that of the New York Post, according to which he could not clearly identify Hunter Biden.
The laptop had suffered water damage and MacIsaac was able to retrieve the data from it and display the contents on a separate hard drive.
He said he saw the contents and said it was a mess.
"I would have been responsible for dragging and dropping the content on a hard drive," he said. There was "personal information," he said.
Information about Hunter Biden's laptop must be "owned by the Chinese government," said Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani, which contained 1,000 photos
Man at the center of the Hunter scandal: John Paul MacIsaac is an Apple technician who assembled and operated a Boeing 737 simulator in a local art room for many years
Scottish Heritage: MacIsaac is passionate about his family's origins in Scotland and posed in MacIsaac tartan at the Colorado Highland Games
But he said "no comment" when asked if he knew, or how, that the emails were about Jäger's dealings with Burisma, the Ukrainian energy giant whose board the vice president's son had joined in 2014.
He said he tried "repeatedly" to contact the younger Biden, without success.
And he said that in the summer he started worrying about the hard drive as Jäger's secrets were in his business.
"In the middle of summer, I started to worry about seeing something in the papers, on the news and online, and I thought I recognized that name," he said of Hunter Biden when asked about his ties with Ukraine appeared at the heart of the impeachment saga.
Then he said he turned to a trusted friend who gave him advice.
But his report then became unclear when he wasn't sure how he and the FBI got in touch.
Separately, two FBI agents – possibly from his Baltimore office – came to collect the laptop on December 9th and brought a subpoena with them – although that document is dated December 19th.
He said they called him the next day to ask for help in making the laptop work and he told them which power cord to get.
MacIsaac said the next time he heard from them in the New Year.
"One of the agents called me three weeks later," he said, saying the agent warned him not to speak to someone who asked about the laptop and instead "stood still."
When asked who it would be, MacIsaac told the Daily Beast that the FBI had said, "Biden, everyone who represents Hunter."
MacIsaac said he acted to give the laptop to Giuliani because he feared he would be killed because it said, "I'm pretty vocal about not wanting to be murdered."
"Did you really think Joe Biden was putting your life in danger?" He was asked.
"People who work for him, sure," he replied.
He was referring to the murder of Seth Rich, a Democratic political worker whose death in Washington DC in 2016 remains unsolved but who was at the center of debunked conspiracy theories for playing a role in the leakage of Hillary Clinton's emails.
Rich's family has spoken repeatedly of the pain caused by the false claims and is suing people – including Fox News – who they say are telling the lies.
But MacIsaac replied to answering questions from reporters, "I would prefer to be shot while jogging in the morning."
When asked who he believed would kill him, he said, “Epstein didn't really hang himself, this guy was shot while jogging.
“I think it's not the government as a whole, but I think there is a history in this country of people with political motives doing terrible things. I don't want to be on the receiving end of it. & # 39;
MacIsaac said he was "not political" despite his social media showing he voted for Trump in 2016, writing, "So I decided to go back on Facebook today for the first time in a while." Apparently I'm an asshole, stupid, racist, sexist, and a sucker who hates my country. And that's only from my friends.
"Come on guys, we're stronger together … What too soon?"
When asked if he was concerned about the possibility of Biden winning the election, he said, "As long as he has no vengeance."
HOW HUNTER'S EMAILS EXPLODE WHEN TWO WORLDS ARE SUMMARIZED
January 2009: Hunter Biden (right) quits lobbying because his father has become Vice President and starts the investment and advisory firm with friends Christopher Heinz – John Kerry's stepson – and Devon Archer (left), a former Kerry advisor Rosemont Seneca
July 2010: The Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, who owns the largest natural gas company Burisma, joins the government of its President Viktor Yanukovych
February 2014: Yanukovych is ousted in a revolution that claims dozens of lives, and Burisma Zlochevsky is also kicked out of government
April 16: Burisma is secretly accused of money laundering by the UK Serious Fraud Office. On the same day, Archer meets Joe Biden at the White House. Six days later, Archer joins Burisma's board of directors
April 28th: The UK Serious Fraud Office is freezing $ 23 million in Burisma's cash, every dollar that is in the UK banking system
12th of May: Hunter joins Burisma's board of directors to improve corporate governance. Hunter's salary is later listed as $ 50,000 per month. Burisma board advisor Vadym Pozharskyi, who had met Hunter a few days earlier in Lake Como, Italy, sent him an email asking him to use his influence to stop law enforcement. In the summer, the new General Prosecutor of Ukraine opens an investigation into Burisma
February 2015: The high-ranking diplomat George Kent, who was temporarily transferred to Kiev, learns of Jäger's role. He calls an employee in Biden's office to "create a perception of a conflict of interest." This month, Viktor Shokin will take up his post as Attorney General of Ukraine, despite already having questions about his own links to corruption
17th April: The email from Jäger's laptop shows Pozharskyi Hunter wrote, "Thank you for inviting me to DC and giving me the opportunity to meet your father and spend some time together."
Summer: The Burisma investigation appears to be inactive
January 2016: Biden travels to Ukraine while Shokin is increasingly disgusted internationally. The European Union and the IMF have warned that he is corrupt, and Biden tells Poroshenko that he must go. He later boasts: “I looked at her and said: I'm going in six hours. If the prosecutor isn't fired, you won't get the money. Well son of a bitch. He was fired. & # 39; Indeed, Shokin will be permanently removed from office in March after internal unrest in Kiev
2018: Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani begins "investigating" the Biden's ties to Ukraine, appealing to Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who are now charged with fraud. Ukraine's youngest attorney general has announced that he will investigate Burisma early next year
April 12, 2019: Hunter brings three damaged Macs to John Paul MacIsaac's Apple Repair Facility in WIlmington, Delaware. MacIsaac saves data from one to a new hard drive
April 25: Joe Biden announces presidential election
summer: MacIsaac claims he's worried Hunter didn't pick up his laptops, saw some of what it said, and believes he could be killed by a Biden employee for having them in his shop
Fall: MacIsaac either contacts or is contacted by the FBI; he said both
December 9th or 19th: The FBI picks up the laptop, but MacIsaac made a copy for themselves. They give him a grand jury summons to hand it over, though he would anyway
Beginning of January 2020: The FBI tells MacIsaac not to speak to anyone and wait for a representative from Biden to come to get the laptop back
February: Trump will be acquitted at the end of his impeachment process
September: Steve Bannon, Trump's ex-aide and now charged with fraud, tells the New York Post of the existence of a laptop
October 11th: Giuliani gives Mail the hard drive
Oct 14: Post releases emails and partially clothed pictures of Hunter from the laptop – one with an obvious crack whistle – and says there is an 11-minute sex and drugs video. Giuliani promises "more is to come," Republican senators promise to investigate, but Democrats say the former New York mayor "showed up with Russian agents."
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