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Hunter Biden enlists Jussie Smollett lawyer to threaten Fox News with defamation lawsuit that would add to mountain of litigation against his opponents

Hunter Biden (left) (Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images), attorney Tina Glandian (right), pictured representing Jussie Smollett in court back in March 2022 (Law&Crime Network/screengrab)

Hunter Biden’s next lawsuit may be against Fox News — and soon. Attorneys, including one who represented former “Empire” actor and hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett, have reportedly warned that a defamation case against the network is “imminent,” one that would add to the mountain of litigation that President Joe Biden’s son has filed in recent months.

Biden lawyer Tina Glandian, a partner at celebrity attorney Mark Geragos‘ firm, told Spectrum News that a lawsuit against Fox News would focus on programming that “relentlessly attacked” her client based on the claims of since indicted former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov for allegedly making “false bribery allegations” against President Joe Biden and his son. Smirnov was accused of fabricating claims that the Bidens were bribed by executives of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma while Joe Biden was vice president of the United States, a blow to congressional Republicans’ impeachment inquiry.

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    Glandian’s Fox News letter reportedly said that Biden, with her help and the help of Geragos, is exploring a lawsuit alleging “conspiracy and subsequent actions to defame Mr. Biden and paint him in a false light, the unlicensed commercial exploitation of his image, name, and likeness, and the unlawful publication of hacked intimate images of him.”

    In short, Glandian apparently theorizes that Fox News profited off of a “conspiracy of disinformation” about Hunter Biden and should, at the very least, retract and/or correct its stories, but Biden’s lawyers also want the Fox News audience to be told that network hosts “have been sharing” Smirnov’s “debunked allegation.”

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    The potential lawsuit appears to be similar in style to slew of other cases that Hunter Biden has brought against his opponents in recent months, even as he faces a federal gun prosecution on the East Coast and a federal tax case on the West Coast as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ probe.

    In March, Biden attacked his gun indictment by referencing Smirnov’s indictment and accusing the special counsel of doing Russia’s bidding.

    “The Special Counsel tells us Russian intelligence sought to influence the U.S. presidential election by using allegations against Hunter Biden to hurt President Biden’s reelection. And what did the now-Special Counsel do? The Office abandoned the Agreement it signed and filed felony gun and tax charges against Mr. Biden in two jurisdictions, which public records and DOJ policy indicate are not brought against people with similar facts as Mr. Biden,” a court filing said. “In these actions, the Special Counsel has done exactly what the Russian intelligence operation desired by initiating prosecutions against Mr. Biden.”

    Separately, Hunter Biden is suing a former Trump administration policy analyst for allegedly “hacking into” an “encrypted iPhone backup” to carry out a “sustained, unhinged and obsessed campaign against Plaintiff and the entire Biden family” by publicly exposing online the contents of the “hard drive of the claimed ‘Biden laptop.’” Similar Biden privacy-focused lawsuits were previously filed against Delaware laptop repairman John Paul Mac Isaac, Rudy Giuliani, and the IRS over whistleblowers’ disclosures.

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