Headline RoundupFebruary 16th, 2024

Ex-FBI Informant Charged With Lying About Biden-Burisma Connections

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Alexander Smirnov, a former FBI informant, was arrested for allegedly making false statements about President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden's business dealings. 

The Details: Smirnov was charged with "making a false statement … and creating a false and fictitious record". If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.  Smirnov said Ukrainian company Burisma Holdings hired Hunter to "protect" them by offering access to his father, and that Burisma had paid $5 million each to Hunter and Joe Biden for influence while Joe Biden served as Vice President. The indictment says Smirnov's claims were false and based on otherwise "unremarkable" business meetings.

For Context: Smirnov's claims about the Biden family and Burisma were part of the GOP impeachment inquiry against President Biden, which focused heavily on alleged financial corruption related to Hunter Biden's international business dealings. The claims also factored into a broader investigation of Hunter by Justice Department Special Counsel David Weiss.

Political Reactions: After the indictment was announced, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) called for the inquiry to end, but House Oversight Chair James Comer (R-KY) said the investigation wasn't based on Smirnov’s claims.

How The Media Covered It: CBS News (Lean Left Bias) said the indictment "appears to rebut" claims that the Bidens were involved in the alleged scheming. One article from The Federalist (Right bias) called attention to other informants who purportedly lied but weren't charged. This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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