By Lily Sun and William Huang
DEWEY BEACH, Del.—Computer repair store owner, John Paul Mac Isaac—who was caught up in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal—was unable to attend the Freedom Festival Banquet at the Rusty Rudder restaurant on Friday due to health concerns. Those who were at the event were sorry for missing him but admired what he had done for the country.
Ruth Briggs King, GOP state representative from the 37th District, said Isaac did the right thing in bringing to light the content from Hunter Biden’s laptop that allegedly included shady financial dealings and overseas exploits.
“I appreciate very much that he realized this is unlawful,” she said referring to the alleged laptop content. “I think that in many ways he should be considered a true hero for America and for others as well for him doing what he did, and keeping that and realizing something’s not right here.”
Isaac said that a man whom he believed was Hunter Biden dropped off three laptops in April 2019. The customer didn’t return for the laptops within 90 days, and Isaac was unable to get in contact with him despite several attempts.
Before the scandal became public knowledge, Isaac contacted the FBI, U.S. Congressional staff members, and a lawyer for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani over the laptops’ content from late July 2019 to Oct. 14, 2020, according to court documents (pdf).
Two months later the FBI later required him to turn over the laptop and hard drive, which he did, and he also provided a copy of the recovered data to Giuliani’s lawyer, the documents said. A lawyer for Hunter Biden contacted Isaac in mid-October 2020 enquiring if he was still in possession of the laptops. The next day the New York Post ran an expose on the laptops’ alleged content.
Since then the FBI has been accused by GOP senators of having an animus against former President Donald Trump and raiding his Mar-a-Lago in August, but slow-walking the Hunter Biden investigation. People at the Freedom Festival Banquet shared the same concern.
“It shows that our whole country has a two-tiered justice system,” state Rep. Richard G. Collins (R-41st District) said. “Now you have one side for the politically favored, and you have another side that is on the back end of everything.”
If you’re a Democrat, you can do almost anything, and you’re fine, Collins said.
However, “if you are Republican, especially anywhere near Trump, you’re running into real risk of being arrested and having the FBI show up at your door with 20 or 30 agents. It is truly a dangerous time in America.”
FBI Leadership ‘Not Well Regarded’
M. Jane Brady, chair of the Delaware Republican Party, a former Delaware attorney general, and a former Delaware Superior Court judge, said that she was a prosecutor for 12 and a half years.
“I worked wiretaps and other things with the FBI. I know how they work and what they’ve done with that laptop is not how they usually work,” she said.
Brady said a number of friends who are FBI agents told her of their dissatisfaction over the FBI’s handling of the laptop scandal.
“They’re embarrassed at the disparity and the difference in the way the FBI is conducting investigations, the priorities that the FBI has adopted, [that] follow a political agenda, not a law enforcement purpose,” she said.
“And the leadership in the FBI is not very well regarded by many of the people within the agency.”
“I believe that it is very politically sensitive to be looking at the president’s son, and I give credit to our USA attorney’s office who seems to be trying to diligently work through what they have,” said Brady.
“But the FBI in Washington had that laptop. And when you hear what Tony Bobulinski says he told them years ago, you wonder why nothing has happened yet.”
Bobulinski, a former Hunter Biden associate, recently told Fox News that former FBI agent Timothy Thibault never followed up with him on the Hunter Biden investigation. In the interview, Bobulinski asserted again that President Joe Biden was highly involved in his son’s overseas business operations.
‘One of the Great Scandals of Our Time’
Stephen Moore, former senior economic advisor to President Trump and senior economist at FreedomWorks, said a fair investigation into what happened is needed.
“The Biden administration has covered up Hunter Biden’s pay-for-play. And I think this goes right up to the big guy, Joe Biden. And so this could be one of the great scandals of our time,” he said.
Moore hopes when Republicans take over Congress, they will investigate what occurred.
“When we get to the bottom of it, we cannot have a president who’s in the hip pocket and on the payroll of the Chinese,” he said.
“I simply say that the laptop has incredible incriminating evidence that really shows that it’s not just about Hunter Biden, it’s about Joe Biden, that these two were in cahoots in partnership, taking money from foreign governments and foreign companies, and that compromises his position as a leader of our country.”