Apple MacBook Pro at center of ‘smoking-gun’ Hunter Biden email

According to a new report, a water-damaged MacBook Pro that was dropped off at a repair shop in U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware in April 2019 contains an email which shows that “Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.”

Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Magic Keyboard
Apple’s current 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Magic Keyboard

Emma-Jo Morris and Gabrielle Fonrouge for The New York Post:

The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email reads.

An earlier email from May 2014 also shows Pozharskyi, reportedly Burisma’s No. 3 exec, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.

The blockbuster correspondence — which flies in the face of Joe Biden’s claim that he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings” — is contained in a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer.

The computer was dropped off at a repair shop in Biden’s home state of Delaware in April 2019, according to the store’s owner. Other material extracted from the computer includes a raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter, who’s admitted struggling with addiction problems, smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images.

The customer who brought in the water-damaged MacBook Pro for repair never paid for the service or retrieved it or a hard drive on which its contents were stored, according to the shop owner, who said he tried repeatedly to contact the client.

The shop owner couldn’t positively identify the customer as Hunter Biden, but said the laptop bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, named after Hunter’s late brother and former Delaware attorney general.

Photos of a Delaware federal subpoena given to The Post show that both the computer and hard drive were seized by the FBI in December, after the shop’s owner says he alerted the feds to their existence. But before turning over the gear, the shop owner says, he made a copy of the hard drive and later gave it to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello…

Less than eight months after Pozharskyi thanked Hunter Biden for the introduction to his dad, the then-vice president admittedly pressured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk into getting rid of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin by threatening to withhold a $1 billion US loan guarantee during a December 2015 trip to Kiev.

“I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,” Biden infamously bragged to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018. “Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.”

Shokin has said that at the time of his firing, in March 2016, he’d made “specific plans” to investigate Burisma that “included interrogations and other crime-investigation procedures into all members of the executive board, including Hunter Biden.”

Joe Biden has insisted that the US wanted Shokin removed over corruption concerns, which were shared by the European Union.

MacDailyNews Note: While there’s one Apple Retail Store in Delaware, Apple Christiana Mall, copying hard drives, etc. is against Apple Store policy, so a third-party repair shop is the likely source, especially as evidenced by the multiple referrals to “the shop owner” and “the store’s owner,” by the reporters.

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  1. For new readers of this ever-so relevant article of Mac news, here’s a nice posting at a political commentary website about this supposed bit of news/conspiracy/censorship by private companies: https://www.outsidethebeltway.com/ny-post-agitprop/
    Quick highlights (and quotes within my highlights) from the posting:

    The story is almost universally being received as Russian propaganda

    How do we know the email is authentic?

    We do not. The New York Post published PDF printouts of several emails allegedly taken from the laptop, but for the “smoking-gun” email, it shows only a photo made the day before the story was posted, according to Thomas Rid, the author of “Active Measures,” a book on disinformation. “There is no header information, no metadata.” The Washington Post has not been able to independently verify or authenticate these emails, as requests to make the laptop hard drive available for inspection have not been granted. The New York Post said it obtained the material from former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a personal lawyer to President Trump.

    There also is no indication that Hunter Biden replied to the email.

    Moreover, another alleged email published by the New York Post contradicts the notion that Hunter Biden could influence his father. “What he will do and say is out of our hands,” Hunter Biden wrote in an email that the New York Post said was sent April 13, 2014.

    …odd that there were no copies of Biden replies; one-sided conversations just aren’t very interesting. And, frankly, that all of this somehow made it to Rudy Giuliani of all people is a serious red flag.
    More broadly, the New York Post repeats the falsehood, advanced by Trump, that the “elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.”

    We have fact-checked this repeatedly. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/09/23/fact-checking-trumps-latest-claims-biden-ukraine/?itid=lk_inline_manual_33

    MacIsaac told reporters on Wednesday that a MacBook laptop was dropped off at his shop in Wilmington, Del., in April 2019. MacIsaac, who said he was legally blind, said that he was almost certain that it was Hunter Biden who dropped off the computer. He said that he made several attempts to get in touch with Hunter Biden but the equipment was still in his hands 90 days after it had been left there, and he said that he became curious about what he’d seen.

    He made a copy of the hard drive and gave it to Giuliani. This past weekend, Giuliani passed a copy to the New York Post. But presumably the laptop would have been of use to the year-long Senate investigation, which found no wrongdoing by Biden.

    As Giuliani has sought to locate information about Hunter Biden and Ukraine, he has regularly interacted with a Ukrainian lawmaker who was recently sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department as being an “active Russian agent for over a decade” and was engaged in an influence operation to affect the 2020 election. Those interactions have given rise to fears that the emails could be part of a broader disinformation campaign.

    Hours after the Post published its article, Facebook said on Wednesday that it had decided to limit the distribution of the story on its platform so it could fact-check the claims. Twitter said it was blocking the article because it included people’s personal phone numbers and email addresses, which violated their privacy rules, and because the article violated their policy on hacked materials.

    Facebook’s and Twitter’s actions immediately provoked strong reactions from Republicans that the social media platforms were censoring them, an outcry that grew louder later on Wednesday when the Trump campaign said the personal account of the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, had been locked because she had posted the New York Post story. Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, a staunch Trump ally, called Twitter’s action “despicable” and termed it “the real election interference.”

    Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been under fire from Mr. Trump and other Republicans for years for allegedly censoring their views. The companies, located in liberal Silicon Valley, have denied those claims.

    The irony is that Facebook has long frustrated critics by allowing Russian- and Trumpist propaganda to spread largely unchecked and is therefore the open social media platform of choice for Trump supporters. Yet any act of minimal responsibility is naturally used as evidence that it’s a leftist cabal.

    Even aside from the sheer hackishness of this effort, it’s hard to see how it does much damage. Absent serious evidence that Joe Biden leveraged the Vice Presidency to enrich the family, which no one—including a spirited investigation by a Republican-led United States Senate with all the investigatory powers of the federal government—has found, it’s hard to see where this all goes. And, frankly, given that Trump has openly leveraged the Presidency for four years to enrich his family, it wouldn’t change my vote even then.

    1. “I love you all but I don’t receive any respect and that’s fine I guess. Works for you apparently. I hope you all can do what I did, and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years. It’s really hard but don’t worry, unlike Pop, I won’t make you give me half your salary.” — Text message from Hunter Biden to Naomi Biden, his daughter

      So Joe Biden demanded half of Hunter Biden’s contracts with foreign governments and companies. It’s only fair I guess to be paid for peddling the influence granted to you by your stupid voters over the course of 47 years.

  2. Really, what does this have to do with Apple? This is not objective news. You are showing your political views are showing. I will be going elsewhere for my Apple news and deletin this app off of my iPhone. Giving you 1 star. Bye!

  3. The story is also that Joe splits pay-to-play donations 50/50 with Hunter. Pretty slick. To examine the full deplorable extent of money for favors, however, just go into the issue of all legislators must beg for big money from those who monopolize it, then donor class, to finance their perpetual reelection campaigns — except perhaps for good unapologetic Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders who finances his campaigns via small money.
    The solution to this huge corruption that is systemic is to remove big private money from campaigns and from lobbying, replacing it with public financing. That’s it. It’s the only way. This Joe/Hunter story of corruption is simply a traditional bi-Partisan practice, not just about Joe’s Burisma.
    But who truly wants to clean up the system of corruption? I am convinced that the DNC and some RNC allies absolutely do not want to go too deeply into muck. This is to protect their money supply from donors. They do not want to clean up this up. They only want to hurt themselves and Hunter/Joe superficially enough to try to assure a Donald reelection.

  4. I refuse to be sucked into the world of lies. How about you? The truth is supposed to set us free but only if we get to hear the truth. Right now, in America, the truth is non-existent. Therefore, one
    has to be very discerning. Currently, the media lies, big-tech lies, and one of the major parties follows the world of “ly’n” socialism. I’ll vote but not for anyone of the aforementioned three. What about you, reader?

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