The laptop Hunter Biden reportedly abandoned at a repair shop was taken into custody by the FBI in late 2019 as part of a money laundering investigation, according to documents obtained by Fox News.
One document is an FBI "Receipt for Property Form" that records the bureau's receipt of the laptop and an external hard drive, from John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of the repair shop where Biden purportedly left the items. FBI Special Agent Joshua Wilson,who signed the receipt, did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.
Two government officials and multiple federal law enforcement agents have verified the documents are authentic, Fox News reports.
The receipt displays a case ID, the first four digits of which are "272D." Fox has learned from officials and FBI documents that the code 272D stands for "Money Laundering, Unknown SUA [Specified Unlawful Activity]—White Collar Crime Program." One official reportedly said the four digits mean "blanket" or "transnational."
Another document Fox News obtained is a subpoena from the U.S. District Court of Delaware to the repair shop owner, requiring him to appear in court in Dec. 2019. The subpoena includes an attachment that lists an Apple laptop and external hard drive, both with serial numbers.
An unnamed government official told Fox News that the fact that the FBI opened a case "... means there was sufficient evidence to believe there was criminal conduct."
It is not clear whether the 272D case remains open, or whether the investigation is of Hunter Biden.
Joe Biden's presidential campaign implied the money laundering investigation would be focused on Rudy Giuliani.
" ... it would be unsurprising for an investigation of a disinformation action involving Rudy Giuliani and those assisting him to involve questions about money laundering, especially since there are other documented inquiries into his dealings," campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said in a statement.