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DOJ filing says FBI informant told investigators he got Hunter Biden dirt from Russian officials

The Justice Department says a confidential source at the center of the House Republican investigation into Hunter Biden, who was indicted last week for lying, received information from Russian intelligence. Submit on Tuesday.

Alexander Smirnov was charged Thursday with making false statements to the FBI in connection with his testimony about Hunter Biden. Smirnov, who has worked as an FBI informant since 2010, previously told the bureau that President Biden and his son Hunter accepted a $5 million bribe from the head of Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

In a filing arguing that Mr. Smirnov should be held pending trial, prosecutors wrote that Mr. Smirnov told investigators after his arrest that the allegations came from Russian intelligence. ing.

“During an interview in custody on February 14, Smirnov admitted that Russian intelligence officials were involved in spreading the story about Businessman 1,” the filing states. Businessman 1 is Hunter Biden.

Smirnov’s Burisma claims gained national attention during the House Republican investigation into Hunter Biden and the related presidential impeachment inquiry. Mr. Smirnov’s arrest has raised concerns about the validity of other allegations in the investigation, but House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) said the impeachment committee’s claims did not support Mr. Smirnov’s claims. He said that it was not based on

Comer said the FBI had previously refused to release an unredacted version, citing Smirnov’s privacy as a confidential source.

“The FBI has had these documents for years and appears to have done nothing to verify the troubling allegations contained in the records until Congress became aware and requested access,” Comer said in a statement last week. ” he said.

“To be clear, the impeachment inquiry does not rely on the FBI’s FD-1023,” he continued, referring to Smirnov’s claims.

Justice Department prosecutors also argued that Smirnov should be detained because he had previously planned to travel outside the United States to meet with “multiple foreign intelligence agencies” who could potentially transfer him outside the United States. .

Additionally, they claim they have access to approximately $6 million in funds, far more than the $6,500 that Mr. Smirnov claimed to have in pretrial documents, which would allow him to live abroad if not detained. It is said that it can be done.

Mr. Smirnov’s detention hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.

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