data from awho the attorney for a computer repair shop owner in Delaware says was abandoned in 2019 — and which the store owner later provided to the FBI under subpoena — shows no evidence of tampering or forgery, 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 the laptop data provided to federal investigators nearly three years ago. Della Rocca said he considered it “clean” because it had versions widely used by Republican activists to attack then-candidate Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Independent analysis by two cyber investigators from Minneapolis-based Computer Forensics Services found no evidence that the user data had been modified, fabricated, or tampered with. It also found no new files created after April 2019, when business records suggest Biden turned them in for repairs.
This digital forensic analysis was conducted because the laptop data, as well as the bank records, are the focus of a threatened Republican House investigation into the Biden family companies.
Some other versions of the laptop dates later circulated appeared to have dates added after April 2019, a sign that they may have been tampered with, according to reports in other media outlets, including the Washington Post.
In a statement, an attorney for Hunter Biden said, “There have been multiple attempts to hack, infect, distort and disseminate misinformation about Mr. Biden’s devices and data.” The attorney, Christopher Clark, said Hunter Biden’s team believe “there are ongoing efforts to use the infected and distorted data to spread disinformation. At no point did any person have … Mr. Biden’s consent to access or share his computer data with others.”
Clark’s statement did not address issues related to the specific data, documents and personal identifications analyzed for CBS News’ independent verification or Computer Forensics Services’ findings. Clark also referred CBS to Hunter Biden’s recent memoir.
After two years of scrutiny, the laptop has turned up mountains of material about Hunter Biden’s personal struggles and his foreign dealings in Ukraine and with China. It has produced no direct evidence that President Biden benefited from his son’s business dealings.
“There is such a huge amount of data that has been accumulated over time that is personal in nature. Everything from pictures to personal documents to photos and text messages and emails. And just the sheer volume of what we’re dealing with would make them difficult, if not impossible, to fabricate,” said Sean Lanterman, the company’s incident response director.
Lanterman said the data was accumulated over time in a manner “consistent with normal, everyday use of a computer.”
According to the audit, this everyday use of the laptop came to an abrupt halt in March 2019. This was a few weeks before the computer was brought in for repairs, apparently the result of liquid damage.
The audit revealed more than 120,000 emails, around 30,000 text messages as well as images, videos, personal ID cards and voicemails from the user profile data.
Computer Forensics Services chief technology officer Mark Lanterman said he believed it was clear the data was created by Hunter Biden.
“I have no doubt that this data was created by Hunter Biden and that it came from a computer under Mr. Biden’s control,” he said.
In addition to analyzing the data underlying the recordings for possible anomalies, the audit also identified several voicemails that appear to have come from future President Biden.
“It’s dad. I called to tell you that I love you. I love you more than the whole world, pal Hunter Biden’s admitted struggle with drug addiction. “I do not know what to do. I know you don’t know either, but I’m here, no matter what you need, no matter what you need, I love you.”
If Republicans take control of the US House of Representatives in January, they promise to focus their investigative powers on Hunter Biden’s dealings. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, in a letter to Delaware’s Attorney General, FBI Director and US Attorney last month, alleged that Hunter Biden and President James’ brother “benefited from a $5 million wire transfer from a corporation.” , which is linked to CEFC (the Chinese energy company). in August 2017.”
Republican lawmakers noted a particular May 2017 email that promises to be the focus of their investigation by Congress.
The email, with the subject “Expectations,” outlines a “tentative agreement” for “equity” in a deal with a Chinese energy company.
Two of Hunter’s former business partners, including Tony Bobulinski, who received the email, told CBS News that “10 of H are mistaken for the big guy”? is an abbreviation for 10%, which Hunter believes to be his father.
But when the email was published in 2020, author James Gilliar told the Wall Street Journal that Joe Biden was not involved. Gilliar did not respond to CBS News’ questions.
Bobulinski had a falling out with Hunter Biden and was a critic of the President and his son. His appearance and interview on Fox News followed initial reports in the New York Post on the laptop. While Republicans — including then-President Donald Trump and allies like Steve Bannon and Rudy Giuliani — lobbied for the newspaper’s coverage, then-candidate Joe Biden called it disinformation and a “Russian plant.”
The President also said that he “never spoke to my son about his overseas business.”
The White House declined to comment on the contents of the computer and Bobulinski’s claims.
“You’re going to look at every part of the Joe Biden administration,” said Republican strategist Doug Heye. “A lot of it will also be specifically aggressive towards Hunter. We will hear a lot about the laptop.”
Heye said he expects the congressional investigation to come up with ‘Who benefited? Has the law been broken? Wasn’t it broken?
“And then there’s the political side, you can never really separate that,” said Heye. “If there’s dirt there, it gets dirty. If not, these attacks can backfire.”