data from athat a Delaware computer repair shop owner’s attorney says he was let off in 2019 — and which the store owner later provided to the FBI under subpoena — shows no evidence of tampering or fabrication, according to an independent review commissioned by CBS News.
Brian Della Rocca, the store owner’s attorney, provided CBS News with what he called an “exact copy” of laptop data provided to federal investigators nearly three years ago. Della Rocca said he believes it to be “clean” because it predates versions that were widely circulated by Republican operatives to attack then-candidate Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
An independent analysis by two cyber investigators from Minneapolis-based Computer Forensic Services found no evidence that user data was modified, fabricated or tampered with. Nor did it find any new files after April 2019, when store records indicate Biden left it for repairs.
This digital forensic analysis was done because the laptop data, as well as bank records, are at the center of a Republican-led House investigation into the Biden family’s businesses.
According to reports from other media outlets, including The Washington Post, some other versions of the laptop data were later circulated, which added data after April 2019, an indication that they may have been tampered with.
In a statement, an attorney for Hunter Biden said, “There have been multiple attempts to hack, infect, distort and peddle misinformation about Mr. Biden’s devices and data.” The attorney, Christopher Clark, said Hunter Biden’s team believes “there are ongoing efforts to use infected and malformed data to spread disinformation. Anyone at any time can access your computer data.” or has not obtained Mr. Biden’s consent to share it with others.” ,
Clark’s statement did not address questions related to the specific data, documents and personal identities analyzed for the CBS News independent review, or Computer Forensic Services’ findings. Clark also cited Hunter Biden’s recent memoir to CBS.
After two years of investigation, the laptop has produced a wealth of material about Hunter Biden’s personal struggles and his foreign business ventures with Ukraine and China. It has not provided direct evidence that President Biden profited from his son’s business dealings.
“There is such a huge amount of data that has accumulated over time that is of a personal nature. Everything from photographs to personal documents to photographs and text messages and emails. And the only volume of work we are dealing with is company events “It will be difficult if not impossible to build,” said Sean Lanterman, React director.
Lanterman said the data had accumulated over time “consistent with normal, everyday use of the computer”.
According to the audit, the everyday use of the laptop suddenly stopped in March 2019. It was a few weeks before the computer was brought in for repair, apparently the result of liquid damage.
The audit yielded more than 120,000 emails, nearly 30,000 text messages, as well as images, videos, personal forms of identification and voicemails from user profile data.
Mark Lanterman, chief technology officer for Computer Forensic Services, said he believes it is clear the data was created by Hunter Biden.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this data was created by Hunter Biden, and it came from a computer under Mr. Biden’s control,” he said.
In addition to analyzing the records’ underlying data for potential discrepancies, the audit also identified several voicemails apparently from future President Biden.
“This is Dad. I called to tell you I love you. I love you more than the whole world, friend. To get some help, you have to get some help,” Mr Biden said in a message. Say, in an apparent reference to Hunter Biden admitting that he has struggled with drug addiction. “I don’t know what to do. I know you’re not either, but I’m here no matter what you need, no matter what you need, I love you.”
When Republicans win a majority in the US House of Representatives in January, they promise to focus their investigative powers on Hunter Biden’s business dealings. Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, in a letter last month to the attorney general, FBI director and Delaware US attorney, alleged that Hunter Biden and the president’s brother James “profited $5 million from a company linked to CEFC (Chinese energy firm)”. ” in August 2017.”
Republican lawmakers cited a specific May 2017 email that promises to be at the core of their congressional investigation.
The email, with the subject line, “Expectations,” outlines a “provisional agreement” for “equity” in a deal with a Chinese energy company.
Two former business partners of Hunter, including Tony Bobulinski, who received the email, have told CBS News that “10 held by H for the big man?” is shorthand for the 10% held by Hunter for his father.
But when the emails became public in 2020, author James Gilliar told The Wall Street Journal that Joe Biden was not involved. Gillier did not respond to questions from CBS News.
Bobulinski had a falling out with Hunter Biden, and has been critical of the president and his son. His appearance and interview on Fox News came shortly after the initial report in the New York Post about the laptop. While Republicans – including then-President Donald Trump and allies such as Steve Bannon and Rudy Giuliani – supported the newspaper’s reporting, then-candidate Joe Biden called it misinformation and a “Russian plant”.
The president has also said that he has “never spoken to my son about his foreign business dealings”.,
The White House declined to comment on the contents of the computer and on the claims made by Bobulinski.
“They’re going to look at every part of the Joe Biden administration,” said Doug Hay, a Republican strategist. “A lot of it is going to be particularly offensive on Hunter. We’re going to hear a lot more about laptops.”
Hay said he hoped the congressional investigation would reveal “who took advantage? Was the law broken? Was it not broken? Were there serious issues of national security?”
“And then there’s the political, you can never really separate the two,” Hay said. “If there’s dirt in there, he’ll make it dirty. If not, those attacks can backfire.”