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FBI Indictment of Former Informant Highlights GOP’s Flawed Impeachment Case Against Biden

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FBI Indictment of Former Informant Highlights GOP’s Flawed Impeachment Case Against Biden
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While the former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy opened a formal impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden, he made a couple of significant mistakes. Amongst many other things, he cited an unverified report from a “trusted FBI informant” who alleged that a Ukrainian company gave “a bribe to the Biden family.” 

However, that informant has been indicted for lying to the FBI about the bribe. This is a massive blow to the impeachment process as they no longer have a solid basis for their case. Authorities arrested the informant, Alexander Smirnov, on February 14 at the Las Vegas airport before he could catch a flight. 

According to a press release by the Department of Justice, they indicted Smirnov for providing “false, derogatory information to the FBI.” This was particularly after Biden became a presidential candidate. 

While his story held a split of weight then, it unraveled sometime last year. The FBI interviewed Smirnov and did a thorough investigation of the case. They also reviewed his travel records, messages, and emails, which “were in direct conflict with what he reported [to the FBI] in 2020,” the indictment said. 

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This was quite shocking as Smirnov has been an FBI “confidential human source” since 2010. Therefore, he made these claims against Biden and his son, knowing the consequences of his actions. The indictment also said that he did this “despite repeated admonishments that he must provide truthful information to the FBI and that he must not fabricate evidence.”

So, how did the FBI come to suspect that Smirnov was feeding them false information? The story unraveled when Senator Chuck Grassley and Rep. James Comer sent a letter on May 3 to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray. 

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In their letter, they said they had learned interesting information from a whistleblower. This claimed that “the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) possess an unclassified FD-1023 form that describes an alleged criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions.”

Therefore, Comer issued a subpoena seeking the FD-1023. According to the FBI, an FD-1023 form is used by its agents “to record raw, unverified reporting from confidential human sources (CHSs).”

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They wrote, “FD-1023s merely document that information. They do not reflect the conclusions of investigators based on a fuller context or understanding. Recording this information does not validate it, establish its credibility, or weigh it against other information known or developed by the FBI in our investigations.”

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Thanks to the form, the indictment proved that Smirnov’s alleged meetings and phone calls were “fabrications.” He did not meet with people who confirmed Biden’s bribery and lied about everything.

From tracking all his phone calls, messages, and travel data, it is clear Smirnov had other motives and wasn’t truthful. Therefore, his indictment has cleared President Joe Biden’s name. 

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