Did the Biden impeachment inquiry just collapse?

Key GOP impeachment inquiry witness Alexander Smirnov says Russian intelligence fed him lies

Hunter Biden talks to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol on December 13, 2023 in Washington, D.C.
Hunter Biden talks to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol on December 13, 2023 in Washington, D.C.
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Special counsel David Weiss revealed in a court filing last week that former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov, who is accused of falsely telling the FBI that President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden took $5 million bribes from Ukrainian energy company Burisma when the elder Biden was vice president, met with Russian intelligence operatives who fed him lies about the Bidens, CNN said. Smirnov was released with GPS monitoring after he was charged earlier this month with telling agents the bribery tale, but prosecutors got a court to order Smirnov rearrested last week by arguing that he had ties to Russian intelligence and financial resources that made him a flight risk.

House Republicans had made Smirnov's bribery story a pillar of their efforts to impeach Biden. Rep. Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the Republican-led House Oversight Committee, said to ABC News that "the Smirnov revelations destroy the entire case." Rep. Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.) said Smirnov's alleged ties to Kremlin spies indicated that, "wittingly or unwittingly, House Republicans have been acting as an agent or an asset of Russian intelligence for Vladimir Putin." 

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