John Paul Mac Isaac’s story of his encounter with Hunter Brandon’s laptop and the subsequent coverup by the FBI is published tomorrow (Tuesday) and already is #1 as an Amazon bestseller.
This is the story of an American patriot, an honorable man, John Paul Mac Isaac, who tried to do the right thing and has been unfairly and maliciously slandered as an agent of foreign intelligence, specifically Russia. He is not an agent or spy for anyone. He is his own man. How do I know?
I met JP Mac Isaac via telephone on October 15, 2020 because I knew his Dad. I’ve known John Paul’s dad, Steve Mac Isaac, as “Mac” for more than 20 years. Mac is a decorated Vietnam Veteran who flew gunships in Vietnam with another dear friend of mine. Thanks to my friend Bob, I met Mac. Mac finished his military service with an impeccable record; he retired as an Air Force Colonel. The crews of those gunships have an annual reunion and Mac usually takes John Paul along, who volunteers his computer and video skills to record and compile the stories of those brave men who served their country in a difficult war.
This story is very simple–Hunter Brandon dropped off three computers with liquid damage at a repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware on April 12, 2019. The owner, John Paul Mac Isaac, examined the three and determined that one was beyond recovery, one was okay and the data on the hard drive of the third could be recovered. Hunter signed the service ticket and John Paul Mac Isaac repaired the hard drive and down loaded the data. During this process he saw some disturbing images and a number of emails that concerned Ukraine, Burisma, China and other issues. With the work completed, Mr. Mac Isaac prepared an invoice, sent it to Hunter Brandon and notified him that the computer was ready to be retrieved. Hunter did not respond. In the ensuing four months (May, June, July and August), Mr. Mac Isaac made repeated efforts to contact Hunter Brandon. Brandon never answered and never responded. More importantly, Brandon stiffed John Paul Mac Issac–i.e., he did not pay the bill.
When the manufactured Ukraine crisis surfaced in August 2019, John Paul realized he was sitting on radioactive material that might be relevant to the investigation. After conferring with his father, Mac and John Paul decided that Mac would take the information to the FBI office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mac walked into the Albuquerque FBI office and spoke with an agent who refused to give his name. Mac explained the material he had, but was rebuffed by the FBI. He was told basically, get lost. This was mid-September 2019.
Two months passed and then, out of the blue, the FBI contacted John Paul Mac Isaac. Two FBI agents from the Wilmington FBI office–Joshua Williams and Mike Dzielak–came to John Paul’s business. He offered immediately to give them the hard drive, no strings attached. Agents Williams and Dzielak declined to take the device.
Two weeks later, the intrepid agents called and asked to come and image the hard drive. John Paul agreed but, instead of taking the hard drive or imaging the drive, they gave him a subpoena. It was part of a grand jury proceeding but neither agent said anything about the purpose of the grand jury. John Paul complied with the subpoena and turned over the hard drive and the computer.
In the ensuing months, starting with the impeachment trial of President Trump, he heard nothing from the FBI and knew that none of the evidence from the hard drive had been shared with President Trump’s defense team.
The lack of action and communication with the FBI led John Paul to make the fateful decision to contact Rudy Giuliani’s office and offer a copy of the drive to the former mayor. We now know that Rudy accepted John Paul’s offer and that Rudy’s team shared the information with the New York Post.
John Paul Mac Issac is not responsible for the emails, images and videos recovered from Hunter Brandon’s computer. He was hired to do a job, he did the job and submitted an invoice for the work. Hunter Brandon, for some unexplained reason, never responded and never asked for the computer. But that changed last Tuesday, October 13, 2020. A person claiming to be Hunter Brandon’s lawyer called John Paul Mac Isaac and asked for the computer to be returned. Too late. That horse had left the barn and was with the FBI.
John Paul, acting under Delaware law, understood that Hunter’s computer became the property of his business 90 days after it had been abandoned.
At no time did John Paul approach any media outlet or tabloid offering to sell salacious material. A person of lesser character might have tried to profit. But that is not the essence of John Paul Mac Isaac. He had information in his possession that he learned, thanks to events subsequent to receiving the computer for a repair job, was relevant to the security of our nation. He did what any clear thinking American would do–he, through his father, contacted the FBI. When the FBI finally responded to his call for help, John cooperated fully and turned over all material requested.
So here is where I enter the story. I got a call from Mac on 15 October 2020 and he was very worried about his son’s safety. Even though I had never met or spoke to JP prior to this night, Mac thought I could persuade JP to take necessary steps to protect himself. Here is JP’s account of that night (it is an excerpt from the early manuscript of the book coming out on Tuesday):
“JP, I’m Larry Johnson. I’m on the phone with your dad. Old Friends.
Trying to do a three way call.” read the text. I only knew my father to have 2
best friends, and Larry Johnson was not one of them. I hesitantly respond, “OK”
and waited. Soon my phone rang from the same number, “Hi JP, This is Larry
Johnson, I think I have your father on the call, as well. Colonel Mac, are you
there?” next my father barked, “I need you to shut up and listen to what this guy
has to say. He has experience in these situations and you need to do what he
says.” I replied, “I will.” In which my father yelled, “ He has killed people, have
you killed people? You will do more than “I will”.” I responded, “Yes sir. ”
Larry made his introduction and then asked how I was holding up. After a brief
description of the last two days, Larry started in, “It is very important we get you
security and protection, your life is in danger and we need to make sure you are
safe.” I explained that I asked Bob for security last night, but yet to hear back
from him. I was instructed by Larry to call Bob immediately after I hung up and
demand I get someone to my house, Now!. Larry went on to warn me that I
couldn’t trust anyone. People would find a way to record me, catch me saying or doing something that could be twisted and used to attack me. If I was out in
public, don’t talk about anything. I was never to be left alone at the shop or on my
way to and from. Larry concluded, “Above all, get Bob to provided you with the
security he promised. He owes you that.”
We hung up and at 12:31AM. I texted Bob, “ I know it’s late, but I have been advised to get some security personal down to me soon. Nothing is imminent, but things are getting heated. Also, I think it’s time I get a lawyer. If you can assist, that would be fantastic. Again, sorry to bother you this late. Cheers!” So much for a quiet and relaxing early night.
John Paul learned the hard way that the FBI cannot be trusted. Pains me to say that. The FBI dropped the ball and, by extension, the Department of Justice. Sadly, this is becoming a disturbing, repeating theme–the FBI through incompetence or malfeasance is not doing its job.
Here is a video where John Paul Mac Isaac tells the full story of his interaction with the FBI and their negligence. It is worth seven minutes of your time.
As you saw in the video, the FBI was inept, at best, in exploiting the Hunter Brandon hard drive. And this is indirectly damning of Bill Barr’s incompetence in this matter I am sad to say. A Special Counsel is warranted when the son of President, is embroiled in serious allegations of tax fraud and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and possible bribery by a foreign power.
I do not know if justice will ever be done. But JP has persevered and written a book that tells his side of the story and will remind readers that there are still some decent people in the United States. JP Mac Isaac is one of the best.