On Wednesday, Hunter Biden filed a lawsuit against Garrett Ziegler, a former White House aide from the Trump administration, accusing him of sharing private data from a laptop computer. The lawsuit revolves around the release of private photos, emails, and other content purportedly sourced from a hard drive claimed to belong to Hunter Biden.
This legal action by Biden appears to challenge previous assertions from the administration that reports of the laptop being left at a Delaware computer repair shop were “Russian disinformation.”
Biden’s legal team has indicated their intention to take legal action against individuals they perceive as attacking the president’s son.
Ziegler, a former aide to White House trade adviser Peter Navarro under the Trump administration, runs a website that includes content related to Hunter Biden’s past, as reported by CBS News. The website features links to photos, text messages, emails, and documents allegedly from the president’s son.
In a 14-page legal complaint, Ziegler and other unnamed parties are accused of violating federal and California privacy regulations. Ziegler is specifically accused of accessing, tampering with, altering, copying, and damaging computer data from Biden’s laptop and iPhone cloud storage without permission.
The lawsuit details how Ziegler and the unnamed defendants allegedly obtained sensitive content by breaching encrypted data on Hunter Biden’s devices. This data was then uploaded to Ziegler’s website, where it remains accessible.
Hunter Biden’s legal team claims in the lawsuit that the defendants have disregarded requests to “cease their unlawful activity” and return the private data belonging to the president’s son.
In response, Ziegler stated, “I nor the nonprofit, Marco Polo, have been served with a lawsuit — but the one I read this morning out of the Central District of California should embarrass Winston & Strawn LLP. It’s not worth the paper it’s written on. Apart from the numerous state and federal laws and regulations which protect authors like me and the publishing that Marco Polo does, it’s not lost on us that Joe’s son filed this SLAPP one day after an Impeachment inquiry into his father was announced.”