In a move that is sure to ratchet up tensions between the Biden and Trump families, Hunter Biden’s lawyer has sent a cease-and-desist letter to former President Donald Trump over his recent rhetoric about Hunter Biden.
Abbe Lowell, who represents Biden, wrote to Trump’s lawyers on Thursday, warning against further “public statements about my client which are both defamatory and likely to incite Mr. Trump’s followers to take actions against Mr. Biden and which could lead to his or his family’s injury.”
The letter alleges that Trump’s “false and defamatory” claims about Hunter Biden are “causing harm” to his client and his family. Lowell specifically cited Trump’s repeated insistence that Hunter Biden is a drug addict and that he profited from his father’s position as vice president.
“These false and defamatory statements have caused harm to Mr. Biden and his family,” Lowell wrote in the letter. “They have also put Mr. Biden at risk of physical harm.”
“This is not a false alarm,” Lowell said, before listing examples of violence or threats against high-profile politicians and their family members.
“We are just one such social media message away from another incident, and you should make 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.”
Lowell warned Trump that he could face legal action if he does not stop making these claims. “We demand that you immediately cease and desist from making these false and defamatory statements,” Lowell wrote.
Trump has not yet responded to the letter. However, he has a history of refusing to back down from his attacks on Hunter Biden. In the past, Trump has called Hunter Biden a “crackhead” and a “loser.” He has also accused him of using his father’s position to enrich himself.