Former FBI informant at center of Hunter Biden tip arrested

by ian


Special Counsel David Weiss charged an FBI informant with lying about Joe and Hunter Biden’s business ties, according to court records unsealed yesterday. The development has sparked intense reactions online from both sides of the aisle.

The informant, Alexander Smirnov, has been charged with making a false statement and creating a false and fictitious record during interviews with the FBI. The unsealed indictment specifies that these statements were in reference to President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

The indictment alleges that Smirnov reported a phone call with Burisma Holdings in 2017 during which he noted that Hunter was part of the board. Three years later in 2020, Smirnov reported for the first time that there were two meetings during which Burisma officials admitted Hunter’s presence on the board was for protection “through his dad, from all kinds of problems.”

This included paying the Bidens millions to help fire a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating the company. However, according to the indictment, these statements from Smirnov were all labeled “false derogatory information.”

This revelation sent shockwaves through the political world as the future of the Republican impeachment inquiry about President Biden was called into question. Hunter Biden’s lawyer released a statement, saying:

For months we have warned that Republicans have built their conspiracies about Hunter and his family on lies told by people with political agendas, not facts. We were right and the air is out of their balloon.

Democrats jumped into action in targeting the investigation. Oversight Committee Ranking Member Representative Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) called on Republicans to end the impeachment inquiry. In a statement, Raskin said that this indictment from Special Counsel Weiss shows “how key evidence at the heart of House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry is based on a lie.”

Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) and the Oversight Committee responded that their inquiry will continue, saying they “have over $30 million reasons to continue this investigation and not one of those reasons relies on the corrupt FBI or an informant. Bank records don’t lie.”

Smirnov was reportedly arrested at the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas on Wednesday. He faces 25 years in prison if convicted.