Former FBI Informant Arrested After Claiming Biden Took Ukrainian Bribe

( – Since the beginning of the 118th Congress, Republican lawmakers have been investigating the business dealings of the Biden family. Bank records and testimonies from witnesses have advanced their belief that the Biden family name was for sale.

One witness who worked as an FBI informant for over a decade testified to House Republicans that then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden each accepted a $5 million bribe from executives at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. The bribe was allegedly to use VP Biden’s influence to get the Ukrainian Prosecutor General, Viktor Shokin, fired. Shokin was investigating the energy company at the time.

The former FBI informant was identified as 43-year-old Alexander Smirnov after he was indicted by Special Counsel David Weiss for allegedly fabricating the story and lying about when the alleged bribe occurred. The indictment said that Smirnov had actually been in contact with Burisma after Biden “had no ability to influence U.S. policy.” Weiss also wrote that Shokin was fired in 2016, long before Smirnov had contact with Burisma.

Smirnov was arrested on February 15 at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. He was then arrested a second time for the same charges, this time out of California, on February 22. His attorneys said that he had not been to California since he was released from jail on February 20. He was transferred from Nevada to California and has been ordered to remain in jail until his trial.

On February 26, a federal judge in the state denied him bail after prosecutors argued that he would attempt to flee the United States. Smirnov’s attorneys said that he had abided by the conditions of his initial release and that there should be no reason he should have to remain in jail. Prosecutor Leo Wise told the judge, “He cannot be trusted.” Republicans have brushed off criticism for relying on Smirnov’s testimony, citing multiple other verifiable facts that point to a Biden family influence peddling scheme.

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