A Hunter Biden attorney on Thursday sent a cease and desist letter to Donald Trump’s legal team, warning the former president to stop spreading dangerous rhetoric online. ABC News reported first.
In the letterAttorney Abbe Lowell argued that Trump’s posts and language “could lead to… [Hunter Biden’s] or the injury to his family,” citing several examples from recent months.
Trump has frequently targeted Hunter Biden — in fact, in the letter, Lowell claimed that his name appeared in Trump’s posts more than 20 times in July alone.
This week, Trump brought up Hunter Biden’s name while examining a small bag of cocaine found near a visitor’s entrance at the White House earlier this month, suggesting the cocaine may have belonged to Hunter Biden, who was a convalescent addict is.
“If Mr. Trump does not do this, know that Mr. Biden neither committed nor has been accused of the allegations made by your client … and that the Biden family was not in the White House (let alone in the vestibule) at the time that that was.” cocaine was found,” Lowell wrote. The secret service closed the cocaine investigation on Thursday without being able to find a suspect.
A day later, Trump published a post attacking David Weiss, the federal prosecutor overseeing Hunter Biden’s tax investigation, the letter said. biden reached an agreement in June and will plead guilty to some federal charges. Trump called Weiss a “coward” and claimed he “issued a ticket instead of a death sentence.”
“You might reply that it was just a figure of speech. However, we have seen that what might pass as such a phrase when pronounced [rational] “People are viewed by too many in this country as a terrible injustice for which they must take physical and violent action,” Lowell wrote in the letter, citing Trump alleged incitement to attack at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Throughout the letter, Lowell continued to cite notable examples of Trump using dangerous rhetoric and language to incite violence. Last month, Trump also posted the alleged address of former President Barack Obama’s Washington, DC residence on his social media page NBC News reported. The post was reshared by Taylor Taranto, a suspect in the Capitol riots arrested June 29 after approaching Obama’s home while his van was parked nearby with guns inside.
“This is not a false alarm,” Lowell wrote in the letter. “We are just one social media message like this away from another incident and you should make it clear to Mr Trump – if you have not already done so – that Mr Trump’s words have caused damage in the past and threaten to to do this again if…” he doesn’t stop.”
Trump faced legal ramifications for the rhetoric he circulated both online and offline, and as Lowell warned in the letter, there is a risk of escalation if he doesn’t act. The lawyer encouraged the former president’s legal team to explain to him “how his hate speech can hurt people more and cause him more legal problems.”
HuffPost reached out to Trump’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, who declined to comment.