The Delaware computer repairman who says he was the first to give the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop to the FBI has filed a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit against several news outlets and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) alleging they falsely accused him of disseminating Russian disinformation.
Former shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac, 45, filed the lawsuit in Montgomery County, Maryland, Tuesday claiming that the outlets falsely said he was spreading Russian disinformation – which he says cost him his store, according to the New York Post.
He claims in the suit that Rep. Schiff defamed him in an interview two days after the post, then and later the DailyMail.com began publishing revelations from the laptop.
In an interview with Wolf Blitzer at the time, Schiff said that he believed “the Kremlin” was behind “a smear campaign” of both then-presidential candidate Joe Biden, and his son Hunter. “Well we know that this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin,” he said. “That’s been clear for well over a year now that they’ve been pushing this false narrative about the Vice President and his son.”
Mac Isaac now claims in his lawsuit that CNN knowingly broadcast the “false and defamatory story,” which caused him significant damage including the closing of his laptop repair store. His attorney, Brian Della Rocca, told the Post that Mac Isaac is now seeking “at least $1 million in compensatory damages [and] punitive damages, which will be the bigger number and will be determined at trial.”
According to the lawsuit, the Post reports, Mac Isaac was forced to close down his computer repair shop near the Biden family homes in Greenville, Delaware following the CNN report, when people started throwing eggs, vegetables and even dog feces at his door. He then reportedly went into exile in Colorado for a year.
“CNN’s broadcast of the false statement accuses the Plaintiff of committing an infamous crime, i.e., treason by working with the Russians to commit a crime against the United States of America by attempting to undermine American democracy and the 2020 Presidential election,” the lawsuit states.
As a result, Della Rocca told the Post: “He has lost his business, friendships, and his honorable standing in his community. This lawsuit is to attempt to repair a small portion of that damage caused by the defendants in the suit. We intend to show that their actions were intentionally malicious.”
Mac Isaac, meanwhile, told the Post: “After fighting to reveal the truth, all I want now is for the rest of the country to know that there was a collective and orchestrated effort by social and mainstream media to block a real story with real consequences for the nation. This was collusion led by 51 former pillars in the intelligence community and backed by words and actions of a politically motivated DOJ and FBI,’ he added, noting: ‘I want this lawsuit to reveal that collusion and more importantly, who gave the marching orders.”
He is being backed financially in his efforts by The America Project. “The synchronized efforts of these parties to wield their words like weapons are evident through years long continuous coverage that led to extreme backlash against JP and the closing of his business,” Founder Michael Flynn said.
“[We are] honored to sponsor John Paul Mac Isaac in his fight against the injustice that has been done to him when the political elite coordinated with the leftist news media claiming the Hunter Biden laptop was Russian disinformation – which was a blatant lie,” the retired general told the Post.
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