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Paid FBI informant accused of fabricating Biden bribery allegation received another debunked Hunter tip — this time from Russia: court docs

WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that a paid FBI informant accused of fabricating a $10 million bribery scandal against President Biden and his son Hunter recently made an alleged recording of the first incident at a Kiev hotel. announced that he had shared another false story about the matter, this time allegedly from Russian intelligence. son.

The claim could easily be false, as prosecutors wrote in their motion to keep Alexander Smirnov in custody pending trial because Hunter Biden, 54, “has never traveled to Ukraine.” There was found. That’s despite Hunter making millions from natural gas company Burisma Holdings during and immediately after. his father’s vice-presidency;

“After meeting with Russian intelligence officials in November, Mr. Smirnov, 43, has been actively spreading new lies that could affect the U.S. election,” the statement said. Latest applicationclaims that Smirnov, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, “has access to more than $6 million in liquid funds.”

Federal prosecutors revealed that Hunter Biden recently shared another false story with a paid FBI informant accused of fabricating a $10 million bribery allegation against President Biden. AFP (via Getty Images)

Smirnov was indicted on February 14 after a California grand jury indicted him on two felonies: making a false statement to the FBI and creating a false fictitious record on a June 2020 FD-1023 form last filed by House Republicans. He was arrested in Las Vegas on the same day. A year of fighting over access to reading.

New court documents do not further reveal why Smirnov lied about Joe Biden and Hunter Biden allegedly accepting bribes, but prosecutors claim Smirnov had conversations with key figures at the company. It said this claim was disproved by the fact that it was not working with Burisma at the time.

The new filings do not reveal any links between the bogus bribery charges and Russian intelligence, but the original indictment said Smirnov displayed political “prejudice” against Democratic Party leaders and suggested a motive. This suggests one thing.

It is unclear whether the subsequent tip-off specifically mentioned what was allegedly recorded at the hotel.

“In a detention interview on February 14, Smirnov said that officials connected to Russian intelligence [Hunter Biden]” said a court filing by attorneys for special prosecutor David Weiss, who is prosecuting the eldest son on tax and gun charges.

“During a meeting with FBI agents in September 2023, Smirnov pushed a new story: [Joe] and [Hunter Biden]is stated in the indictment. Specifically, Mr. Smirnov
[Hunter Biden] “It was recorded in a hotel called Premier Palace in Kiev,” the document said.

This claim was easily proven false, as Hunter Biden, 54, “has never traveled to Ukraine.” Prosecutors wrote in a motion to keep Alexander Smirnov in custody during the trial.

“Smirnov told investigators that the entire Premier Palace Hotel was ‘wired’.”
The Russians.Smirnov argued that [Hunter Biden] He said he had been to the hotel many times and watched the video footage. [Hunter Biden] Enter Premier Palace Hotel. ”

Later, in December, Mr. Smirnov reported: [FBI] “Handler stated that regarding recent travel abroad, Smirnov attended a meeting with Russian Official 2, whom Smirnov described as a high-ranking member of certain Russian foreign intelligence services,” the filing states. ing.

“According to Smirnov, the purpose of the meeting was to discuss potential solutions to Russia’s war against Ukraine. During the same trip, Smirnov met with Russian officials who control groups conducting assassination operations abroad. During this meeting with Russian Official 1, Russian Official 1 appears to have attended another meeting with Russian Official 1, who is the head of a specific unit of the Russian intelligence service, Russian Official 1. He claimed to have conducted intelligence operations at a “club” located in a particular hotel.

Smirnov was arrested in Las Vegas on February 14 after a California grand jury indicted him in June 2020 on two felonies: making a false statement to the FBI and making a false false statement recording. AP

“Mr. Smirnov told his FBI handler that Russian intelligence was intercepting cell phone calls made by hotel guests. “We intercepted several phone calls made by prominent US figures that could be used as “information.”As explained below, this story was relayed to Handler again by Smirnov around December 2023, but the story was pushed by Smirnov to investigators and prosecutors during a meeting with Smirnov in September 2023. (So ​​Smirnov imposed) Investigators to look into it [Hunter Biden] (Recorded in a foreign hotel).

Questions about incriminating hotel recordings have long swirled in American politics.

Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was accused of paying prostitutes to urinate on former President Barack Obama’s bed at Moscow’s Ritz-Carlton hotel during his 2016 campaign. It was done.

President Trump denied the allegations contained in a report to the FBI prepared by Christopher Steele, a former British spy who was interviewed by Russian national Igor Danchenko.

Danchenko is will be indicted in 2021 He was charged with lying to the FBI, but was acquitted by a jury in 2022.

In a bribery allegation that prosecutors say has been debunked, Smirnov claimed to have had conversations with Mykola Zlochevsky, the Ukrainian oligarch who owns Burisma Holdings.

He alleged that Zlochevsky was forced to pay Joe Biden and Hunter Biden a $10 million bribe for helping oust Attorney General Viktor Shokin.

Burisma had been paying Hunter Biden a salary of up to $1 million a year since early 2014, when Biden’s father took control of U.S. policy toward Ukraine.

Devon Archer, a close business associate and member of Burisma’s board, told Congress in July that he had no knowledge of the bribes, but that the $10 million figure was close to the amount paid to him and Hunter. Said it was the same.

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