A state official said Wednesday that Rudy Giuliani provided an additional copy of a hard drive allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden, and it is now in the hands of the FBI.
The move by President Donald Trump’s lawyer came as presidential supporters want to draw attention to the issue that the Trump campaign believes is harmful to former Vice President Joe Biden.
According to a spokesman for the Delaware Department of Justice, Giuliani visited the New Castle County Police Department in Delaware on Monday and handed over a copy of Hunter Biden’s hard drive to what he said.
Giuliani told New Castle police officers that the hard drive contained evidence of the crimes. Spokesman Matt Marshall said New Castle Police handed it over to the FBI after seeking guidance from the Delaware Department of Justice.
A spokesman for the FBI field office that oversees Delaware declined to comment. A spokesman for the New Castle County Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Delaware Department of Justice falls under the state’s Attorney General and is not tied to the federal Department of Justice.
Hunter Biden’s alleged hard drive has become a story in the final weeks of the presidential campaign, when the New York Post published a series of articles last week based on documents stating it was taken from a hard drive belonging to Hunter Biden Was.
On Monday, NBC News sent Giuliani and his attorney, Robert Costello, a letter requesting a copy of the hard drive to be able to evaluate the content and authenticity of the email and other records.
Later that night, Giuliani questioned that the big media outlet Hunter Biden was not paying attention to the story. “Why is the swamp media covering it so that you, the American people, don’t get this information?” He said in a tweet.
Costello told NBC News on Tuesday that the request was under consideration by Giuliani, but it was ultimately Giuliani’s decision.
Neither Costello nor Giuliani have followed suit. Costello did not respond to inquiries on Wednesday.
The first story published by the New York Post, a conservative tabloid, highlighted what it called a “smoking gun email” that suggested a meeting between Biden and a representative of a Ukrainian company that once paid Hunter Biden did. The Biden campaign says there is no evidence that the meeting did not take place, and the story was welcomed with widespread skepticism.
“It’s the same trash [from] Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s henchman, “Biden recently told Wisconsin news outlet WISN in an interview. This is a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family.”
Questions are circulating in the post’s account of how emails and other materials were received. The newspaper said they were found on a laptop left in a Delaware repair shop in April 2019 and never claimed it. The owner of the repair shop took it upon himself to use personal materials, the post said.
The Post said that the owner of the shop, identified as John Paul McIsaac, is called the FBI, and also a Giuliani associate. The shop owner said he believed the laptop was one of the devices left by Hunter Biden, according to the post, because a sticker on the laptop bore a charity in the name of his late brother, the Beau Biden Foundation .
Two sources familiar with the matter have previously been investigating NBC News federal investigators to see if the emails referenced in the Post article were linked to a foreign intelligence operation.