The former FBI informant who is accused of lying about the "Biden" case is back under arrest

2024-02-23 12:46:27, Kosova & Bota CNA

The former FBI informant who is accused of lying about the "Biden"

A former FBI informant who claims he has ties to Russian intelligence and who is accused of lying about a multimillion-dollar corruption scheme involving President Joe Biden's family was re-arrested Thursday in Las Vegas. Vegas, two days after being released by a judge, his lawyers announced.

Alexander Smirnov was arrested during a meeting Thursday morning at his lawyers' offices in Las Vegas. The arrest came after prosecutors appealed a judge's ruling that allowed 43-year-old Smirnov, a dual US and Israeli citizen, to be released with a body tracking device pending trial. He is accused of making false statements and creating fictitious evidence.

Lawyers David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld said in a statement that they have asked for an arrest hearing to be held as soon as possible and that they will again seek his release. They said Mr. Smirnov was arrested on a warrant issued in California on the same charges.

The former FBI informant who is accused of lying about the "Biden"

The case was brought against Mr. Smirnov first in California, where he previously resided. The documentation presented to the court has not been opened to the public and no further details are known about his re-arrest.

A spokesman for special prosecutor David Weiss, who is investigating Mr. Smirnov, confirmed that Mr. Smirnov has been re-arrested but would not comment further. He is being held by the Nevada Marshals Service, said Gary Schofield, chief marshal in Las Vegas.

Prosecutors say Mr. Smirnov lied to FBI officials that executives of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma paid President Biden and Hunter Biden $5 million each in 2015. That claim became the epicenter of investigations by Republican lawmakers with aimed at impeaching President Biden.

Mr. Smirnov has not yet declared himself innocent, but his lawyers said that their client is presumed innocent and that they will defend him in court./ VOA

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