A lawyer representing Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, who was charged with failing to pay more than $1.5 million in 2017 and 2019, has reportedly issued a cease-and-desist letter to former President Donald Trump.
Attorney Abbe Lowell claims that the former president’s comments about Hunter Biden put him and his family in danger, citing contested claims that the former president incited violence on January 6, 2021.
Biden’s legal team claims that comments made by the former president on social media and during speeches risks “injury” to members of the Biden family.
“This is not a false alarm. We are just one such social media message away from another incident, and you should make clear to Mr. Trump — if you have not done so already — that Mr. Trump’s words have caused harm in the past and threaten to do so again if he does not stop,” Lowell claimed.
When details about Hunter Biden’s questionable overseas business deals were revealed late in the 2020 presidential election, and when many of those details were hidden from the public by mainstream news outlets and social media platforms like Twitter, then-President Donald Trump repeatedly asked, “Where’s Hunter?”
The famous slogan has since morphed into a series of attacks on President Joe Biden’s son, many of which have resonated with the American people. A Reuters/Ipsos poll from June 2023 found that half of Americans believe that Hunter Biden received favorable treatment with regards to ongoing criminal cases filed against him because he is the son of the president.
Biden’s legal threat to Trump comes after the former president suggested last week that cocaine discovered in the White House may have belonged to the president or the president’s son.
Biden’s attorney has since pushed back against the claim, suggesting that Trump knew that the former president and his family were not present at the White House when the cocaine was found. According to press pool reports, however, the former president and his family were present on June 30, the day the cocaine was found.
It’s unclear whether Biden can or will move forward with legal proceedings against the former president, but if he does, it presents a number of interesting challenges.
If Trump can be prevented from talking about an ongoing criminal case against Hunter Biden, for example, then it would stand to reason that lawyers could also prevent the Democrats and legacy media from reporting on the ongoing criminal case against the former president.
Rather than a real case against the former president, then, perhaps Biden’s legal team hopes this cease-and-desist letter could instead help shift narratives and provide a welcome distraction from the daily news reports about his alleged criminal behavior, questionable overseas business deals, text message shakedowns to Chinese businessmen, and a mysterious bag of cocaine found in the White House.
Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society. Many of his columns feature a conservative perspective.