Former Trump Aide Faces Defamation Lawsuit From Gop Impeachment Witness

Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner, whose allegations against him and his father have been thoroughly discredited, lodged a $10 million lawsuit in federal court on Monday. The lawsuit claims that he was somehow involved in dubious business dealings.

Tony Bobulinski, who is the House GOP’s “star witness” in their ongoing but unsuccessful effort to link President Joe Biden to Hunter’s international business deals, has filed a lawsuit against former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. The lawsuit claims that Hutchinson defamed Bobulinski in her explosive memoir, titled “Enough.”

In the lawsuit, Bobulinski, who has strong connections to a Russian oligarch currently on a U.S. blacklist, presents himself as a decorated Navy veteran who prioritized his country over politics. He argues that he is being treated unfairly because he did not pledge blind loyalty to the Democrat Party or the Biden family. However, when accusing Hutchinson of dishonesty, Bobulinski relies on three far-right conspiracy theorists as evidence, one of whom was banned from Twitter and Facebook for spreading false information about the 2020 election.

Bobulinski’s defamation lawsuit against Hutchinson, which he had previously threatened to file, begins by highlighting his service in the U.S. Navy. Following this, the lawsuit outlines a timeline of his partnership with Hunter Biden. According to the lawsuit, Bobulinski met Joe Biden in 2017, after which Hunter Biden approached him to become the CEO of SinoHawk Holdings. This partnership was formed with a Chinese government-affiliated energy conglomerate.

Bobulinski’s lawsuit further claims that the leaked emails eventually sparked inquiries into whether Hunter Biden was using his father’s position as Vice President of the United States to benefit financially.

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According to the lawsuit, the emails revealed that Joe Biden had knowledge of Hunter’s business ventures with foreign countries and even gained personal benefits from them. This contradicts Joe Biden’s previous claims of having no involvement in his son’s business affairs.

However, both conservative outlets, Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, later declared this claim to be false.

Bobulinski’s lawsuit mentions that in October 2020, he had the privilege of being President Trump’s personal guest at the presidential debate. The suit further states that the following month, Bobulinski attended one of President Trump’s campaign rallies in Rome, Georgia. During the rally, he had a brief meeting with Mark Meadows, President Trump’s Chief of Staff.

Bobulinski’s defamation claim centers around his interaction with Meadows. He alleges that Hutchinson, after testifying before the Jan. 6 Committee, shifted her focus towards him and spread false information about his dealings with Mark Meadows.

In his criticism, he specifically focuses on a passage in Hutchinson’s book that was released in September 2023. The passage mentions an incident where Meadows allegedly handed Bobulinski what seemed to be a folded sheet of paper or a small envelope. According to Hutchinson, the two men were seen huddling together, with Bobulinski covering his face with a ski mask, as observed through a gap between the vehicles. Hutchinson’s book also reveals that Meadows had requested her assistance in locating Bobulinski and working with the Secret Service to find a concealed spot.

In the lawsuit, Bobulinski maintains that during his testimony before the Jan. 6 Committee, he categorically denied wearing a ski mask during the meeting with Meadows. He expresses his frustration with the mockery he faced on social media regarding the mask, and includes a genuine photograph of himself in his Navy dress uniform to differentiate himself from a satirical cartoon depicting a masked man smoking a cigarette.

According to the lawsuit, the defamatory statement has caused Mr. Bobulinski to suffer various damages. These damages include direct harm, damage to his reputation, feelings of humiliation, embarrassment, mental distress, anxiety, and fear for his safety and the safety of his family members. The lawsuit also emphasizes that these damages are ongoing and will continue to be suffered in the future.

Following Bobulinski’s testimony on January 6, Hutchinson addressed his claims by sharing a photograph, through her attorney. The image depicted Bobulinski wearing a ski mask and meeting with Meadows during the night, aligning with Hutchinson’s previous description.

Bill Jordan, the lawyer representing Ms. Hutchinson, responded to Mr. Bobulinski’s claims by suggesting that perhaps he had a faulty memory and could benefit from a visual reminder. In a letter to Raskin dated February 23, Jordan wrote, “On that November evening, Ms. Hutchinson captured a photo of Mr. Bobulinski meeting with Mr. Meadows from her vantage point just on the other side of the vehicle where they were conversing. A copy of this photo is attached to this letter. While Mr. Bobulinski may be slightly difficult to identify in the image due to his Penn State hat and mask, a picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it reveals the truth.”

The Daily Beast’s request for comment on Monday did not receive an immediate response from Jordan.

According to a letter dated February 12th sent by Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) to House Oversight Committee Chairman Representative James Comer (R-KY), Bobulinski is viewed as an unreliable witness with questionable ties to the Trump campaign. Raskin expresses concerns about Bobulinski’s credibility, truthfulness, and motivations due to his refusal to cooperate with the Committee’s Democratic staff and his problematic personal finances. The letter reveals that Bobulinski had significant financial difficulties when he chose to involve himself with the Trump campaign in 2020. It is stated that he was deeply in debt after losing a lawsuit related to an investment failure that was unrelated to his involvement with the Trump campaign. In 2015, Bobulinski even sued his own cancer-stricken father, stepmother, and the couple’s children’s charity for $900,000. Tragically, Robert Bobulinski passed away just two months later.

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