DOJ Charges Informant Who Provided FBI Details About Alleged Bribery Scheme Involving Burisma, Bidens

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday indicted an FBI informant who provided details of a bribery scheme involving Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

Special Prosecutor David Weiss indicted Confidential Human Source (CHS) Alexander Smirnov. told the FBI In 2020, he was indicted on one count of making false statements and one count of creating false and fictitious records in connection with corruption allegations involving Burisma and the Bidens. Mr. Smirnov told the FBI that Burisma executives paid Mr. Hunter and Joe Biden millions of dollars to ensure that Joe Biden would use political influence to protect the company’s interests. He said they had talked about paying him.

The indictment alleges that Smirnov only had contact with Burisma executives in 2017, after Biden’s term as vice president ended and the Ukrainian investigator investigating Burisma lost his job. ing.

“The indictment alleges that [Smirnov] Routine and non-routine business contacts with Burisma in 2017 later turned into bribery charges against Burisma. [President Biden] after expressing prejudice against [Biden] and his presidential candidacy,” Weiss’ office said in a statement. statement Announcement of charges. (Related: Burisma cuts Hunter Biden’s pay when Donald Trump takes office, new indictment revealed)

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In 2020, Smirnov told the FBI that Burisma executives hired Hunter Biden to the board in 2015 and 2016 “to protect us from all kinds of problems through his father.” , he said.Joe Biden led the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy at the time and has continued to do so since then. boasted A Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating the company for corruption claims that he was fired for threatening to withhold about $1 billion in aid to Ukraine.

Smirnov also claimed that Burisma executives paid Joe Biden and Hunter Biden approximately $5 million each to allow Hunter to “address all of these issues through their father.” These claims formed the basis of Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley’s FBI FD-1023 form. obtained Through a whistleblower at the Department of Justice.

FBI agents use the FD-1023 form to document claims made by confidential human sources without actually making a conclusion about the veracity of the underlying information.

“Last year, when Sen. Grassley brought to our attention the existence of an FD-1023 containing allegations against then-Vice President Biden, we requested an unclassified FD-1023 form from the FBI. FBI “The staff and Director Wray refused to release the forms because they argued it would jeopardize the safety of confidential human resources that they claim are extremely valuable to the FBI,” said House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James. Comer said in a statement shared with the Daily Caller. News Foundation. “When asked by the committee about its confidence in its confidential personnel source, the FBI assured the committee that the confidential personnel source was reliable, had worked with the FBI for more than 10 years, and had received six-figure compensation. The FBI’s actions in this matter are deeply disturbing. The FBI had this document in its possession for years, but until Congress became aware of it and requested access, the FBI’s actions in this matter were deeply disturbing. It appears that nothing has been done to verify the claims made.”

According to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, the FBI has another FD-1023 document in its possession that details allegations of bribery and corruption involving Hunter Biden and his father. If convicted, Smirnov faces up to 25 years in prison, the Justice Department said.

“Today’s indictment confirms several points that Senator Grassley has repeatedly asserted. Mr. Grassley was a long-time employee and a reliable source of FBI information. In fact, Mr. Grassley was so trusted that the FBI authorized him to “engage in illegal activities for investigative purposes,” Grassley’s publicist said. a representative told DCNF. “After withholding information from Congress and the American people and hiding under the guise of protecting ‘sources and methods,’ the Department of Justice has now exposed its own sources. Therefore, this indictment alone is not enough for the people. is entitled to see all of the underlying evidence supporting the Biden Justice Department’s case. The Biden administration must demonstrate its accomplishments.”

The Justice Department and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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