Hunter Biden lawyers tell Trump to end attacks warning they’re ‘one social message away’ from causing violence

Letter mentions Paul Pelosi attack

Josh Marcus
San Francisco
Friday 14 July 2023 12:32 BST
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Lawyers for the president’s son Hunter Biden sent Donald Trump a cease-and-desist letter on Thursday, alleging that the former president’s frequent hostile comments about Mr Biden are defamatory and likely to inspire violence.

“We are just one such social media message away from another incident,” the letter, obtained by Law360, claims, citing the violent attack on former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband as a cautionary tale of the dangers of online rhetoric.

“You should make it 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,” the letter adds.

Hunter Biden has become a regular target for right-wingers including the former president (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The letter points to recent examples of Mr Trump’s aggressive statements about Mr Biden, such as a March social media post allegedly implying Mr Biden should get a “death sentence” and July message claiming cocaine found in the White House “was for use by Hunter”. The letter claims such provocations could inspire one of Mr Trump’s “easy-to-trigger followers.”

Donald Trump’s lawyers Joe Tacopina declined to comment when contacted by The Independent.

In June, Mr Biden reached a tentative agreement with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to two misdemeanour counts of failing to pay taxes and to admit the facts of a gun charge in exchange for likely avoiding jail time.

The plea still needs to be approved by a federal judge, and a hearing is scheduled for later this month.

Republicans in Congress and beyond have alleged that Mr Biden is benefitting from his famous name to avoid harsher prosecution.

During a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee this week with FBI Director Christopher Wray, GOP members sharply criticised the agency, alleging a political bias.

“Here’s what the American people know and believe about the FBI today, sir,” Rep Wesley Hunt told Mr Wray. “If you are a Trump, you will be prosecuted. If you are a Biden, you will be protected.”

“I obviously disagree with your description of the two standards,” the FBI director said in response. “In my view, at least under my watch, we have one standard. And that is we’re going to pursue the facts wherever they lead, no matter who likes it.

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