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USA: FBI informant allegedly cooperated with Russia in Hunter Biden case

USA: FBI informant allegedly cooperated with Russia in Hunter Biden case

FBI informs Alexander Smirnov of spreading false information about US president's son Joe Biden Reportedly circulated, the material for his claims came from the Russian secret service. According to a document filed by special investigators in federal court in the US state of Nevada, Smirnov admitted this during interrogation.

Smirnov was arrested at the Las Vegas airport last week after returning from an overseas trip. According to the indictment, he told the US Federal Police FBI Lies about Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden receiving bribes from a Ukrainian gas company. Smirnov holds American and Israeli citizenship.

The indictment of the former FBI informant is a major setback for opposition Republicans in their efforts to launch impeachment proceedings against President Biden on corruption charges. Smirnov's statements have thus far played an important role in these efforts. The impact of false information about Biden provided to the FBI in 2020 “continues to be felt today,” the investigators wrote, citing the Republican's actions.

The convict can get up to 25 years in prison

Smirnov now faces up to 25 years in prison. He had accused Joe and Hunter Biden of accepting $5 million (€4.65 million) each in bribes from the Ukrainian gas company Burisma to protect the company from prosecution. Hunter Biden previously served on Burisma's board of directors.

Investigators said Smirnov continued to spread fabricated stories about Hunter Biden and was being supplied by Russian intelligence to do so. The misinformation he spread is not limited to 2020. The informant met with Russian intelligence officials again last November and “aggressively spreads new lies.” Analysts warn that this disinformation could influence the upcoming US elections.

Republicans accuse Hunter Biden of abusing his father's position as President Barack Obama's former vice president for business dealings in Ukraine and China. Their attacks ultimately targeted President Biden, who they accuse of being involved in and financially benefiting from his son's controversial foreign business dealings.

Biden's Democrats accuse Republicans of political maneuvering to harm the incumbent just before the election. In the presidential election to be held in November this year, there will be another fight between Biden and Trump.