Hunter Biden’s Forensic Expert Pushes ‘Data’ Analysis Casting Doubt on Laptop’s Authenticity

Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden, arrives at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washingto
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Hunter Biden’s latest defense-related hire, a forensics expert named Denver Riggleman, claimed in a CNN appearance that data in the “public sphere” from the “Laptop from Hell” have “no relation” to the laptop. In other words, the president’s son’s defense team now seems to be suggesting that the laptop–or at least part of it–is not authentic.

Riggleman, who worked with the partisan January 6 Committee after serving as a Republican member of Congress, told CNN he inspected the data of Hunter Biden’s “purported” laptop in the public domain and questioned the authenticity of at least some of what has been reported publicly.

“What we wanted to look at first was the data that was out there that is purported to be Hunter Biden’s laptop,” Riggleman said. “We wanted to see if there was any forensic format or any forensic validity to it, and there was none.”

Riggleman also said his analysis surmises that some of the “data” in the “public sphere” does not match forensically with Hunter Biden’s laptop.

“Data that is in the public sphere right now has no relation to any forensic copy that’s attached to a Hunter Biden laptop,” he said. “And it looks like, to us, that most of the data is curated.”

Although Riggleman appeared to define the “public sphere” as information posted on 4Chan or emails indexed by the not-for-profit group Marco Polo, he made no mention of the analysis originally performed on the laptop’s hard drive by the New York Post or much later analyses by the New York Times (March 16, 2022), Washington Post (March 30, 2022), NBC News (May 19, 2022), CNN (July 27, 2022), and CBS News (November 21, 2022).

“I am shocked that anybody in Congress would use that data or any journalist would even use those sources because…we do have the data,” said Riggleman. “We have videos. We have them self-identifying and manipulating the data … and specific instances of fabrication and manipulation of the data.”

“A lot of the things they say are not validated; they are ridiculous, and we even found cases of fabricated data,” he said.

Former Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman (VA) conducts a news conference in the Capitols Rayburn Room on September 30, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Riggleman’s effort to discredit reporting on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop data comes after WhatsApp messages surfaced from IRS whistleblowers. Two lawyers for the president’s son did not deny the contents of the messages as Hunter Biden’s.

One message shows Hunter Biden demanding payment in 2017 from a CCP-linked businessman and CEFC Energy business associate while “sitting” next to his dad. A second text revealed Hunter Biden asking a second CEFC business associate, Gongwen “Kevin” Dong, for millions, noting the Biden family is best at “doing exactly what the chairman wants.”

Riggleman also tried to discredit the whistleblowers but did not directly refute the content of the WhatsApp messages.

“Here is the thing. Either these individuals — the whistleblowers — haven’t been trained properly, they’re credulous idiots, they’re liars, or they are grifters or some type of combination of all that above,” he said.

In June, Breitbart News reported the Biden family business received $5.1 million within ten days of Hunter Biden’s first message to the CCP-linked businessman who worked with CEFC Energy.

Kevin Morris, Hunter Biden’s top attorney, did not comment when reached by Breitbart News. Riggleman did not respond to a request for comment.

Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.


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