Hunter Biden, the son of US President Joe Biden, has initiated legal proceedings against Rudy Giuliani and Robert Costello, Giuliani’s former attorney. The lawsuit, filed in a federal court located in Los Angeles, alleges a breach of Hunter Biden’s privacy in connection with purportedly pilfered data from his laptop.
In the lawsuit, Hunter Biden, aged 53, asserts that Giuliani, known for his role as a personal attorney to former President Donald Trump, and Costello bear responsibility for the erosion of his digital privacy. This legal action is not an isolated incident, as Hunter Biden had previously filed lawsuits against a former White House aide who had served under the Trump administration, as well as the US Internal Revenue Service.
Hunter Biden’s legal battles have garnered significant attention, especially within the context of his father’s re-election bid. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, is currently seeking re-election in the upcoming year, and Republicans have consistently centered their scrutiny on Hunter Biden.
The timing of this legal action coincides with Hunter Biden’s impending plea of not guilty in response to federal gun-related charges. This case has evolved after an earlier plea arrangement with prosecutors fell through. The trial is scheduled to take place in Delaware and holds historical significance, as it marks the first-ever prosecution of a sitting US president’s child. This development unfolds in a political landscape where Joe Biden could potentially face Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election. Trump, too, faces multiple pending criminal cases.
The White House has consistently denied these accusations.
In parallel, Trump and congressional Republicans have alleged that the Democratic president benefited from his son’s foreign business ventures during his tenure as vice president from 2009 to 2017.