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GOP Seeks Info on FBI Source Charged with Lying About Biden Bribes

House Republicans are demanding information from the FBI about a confidential source who was charged last month with lying about alleged bribes paid to President Biden. 

The source had served the FBI for 14 years before his arrest.

Source Claimed Biden Took Bribes

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Alexander Smirnov, 43, claimed in 2015 or 2016 that an executive at a Ukrainian energy firm told him they paid $5 million in bribes to Joe Biden and his son Hunter. 

An FBI document detailing Smirnov’s claims was used by Republicans last summer to call for investigations into Biden.

FBI Resisted Releasing Source’s Claims

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Initially, the FBI resisted Republican lawmakers’ demands to release the document, known as an FD-1023, saying doing so could jeopardize an important confidential source. 

The bureau eventually allowed some lawmakers to review the record.

GOP Cited Claims to Justify Impeachment Probe

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Republicans promoted Smirnov’s bribery allegations as evidence of Biden’s wrongdoing. 

The GOP-led House voted to formalize an impeachment inquiry against Biden in December, citing the claims as partial justification.

Source Indicted for Lying to FBI

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In February, a federal California grand jury indicted Smirnov on two counts of making false statements and fabricating records concerning the FD-1023. 

Prosecutors said Smirnov did not meet the Ukrainian executive until 2017 after he claimed to have been told about the supposed bribes.

Charges Part of Hunter Biden Investigation

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The charges against Smirnov stemmed from an investigation into Hunter Biden by special counsel David Weiss. 

Smirnov pleaded not guilty but is being held in jail pending trial.

GOP Says Charges Show FBI Mismanagement

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In a letter Friday to FBI Director Wray, Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and James Comer said the reversal on Smirnov shows “abuse and mismanagement” in the FBI’s confidential informant program. 

Their committees are leading the House impeachment probe.

Timing of Review Questioned

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Jordan and Comer questioned why the FBI only reviewed Smirnov’s credibility as a source in 2020, three years after receiving his claims about Biden bribes. 

They accused the bureau of being “motivated by politics.”

Information Demanded from FBI

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The GOP committee chairs demanded Wray provide documents by March 15 related to any cases involving Smirnov tips, how much he was paid over 14 years as an FBI informant, and other details about his role.

White House Denies Biden’s Wrongdoing

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The White House has repeatedly stated Biden was not involved in his son’s business affairs. 

House Democrats said the indictment of Smirnov destroys the Republican impeachment case. 

They called Smirnov the “foundation” of the GOP’s allegations.

Hunter Biden Testifies He Did Not Involve Father

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Last week, Hunter Biden told lawmakers behind closed doors that he “did not involve my father in my business.” 

He accused Republicans of ignoring evidence and pushing “baseless and MAGA-motivated conspiracies” about his father.

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