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Despite media spin, there’s still overwhelming evidence Joe Biden knew of family’s business dealings

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Joe Biden and his Praetorian Guard in the media are cock-a-hoop about the indictment last week of FBI informant Alexander Smirnov, a US-Israeli dual national accused of having lied to the FBI when he claimed Hunter and Joe Biden each were paid a $5 million bribe by the owner of corrupt Ukrainian energy company Burisma. 

For more than three years, Joe Biden has refused to address the avalanche of evidence about his family’s corrupt influence peddling while he was VP. 

He has refused to address evidence that he was involved in son Hunter and brother Jim’s lucrative shakedown of shady characters in the world’s most corrupt countries — where he was in charge of US policy. 

He has lied point-blank when confronted, claiming to have no knowledge of Hunter and Jim’s business dealings, despite dozens of proven instances when he met Hunter’s foreign business partners, and spoke to them at least two dozen times on speakerphone. 

But now, like a drowning man, the president suddenly has seized on the Smirnov indictment as vindication, making a rare live statement at the White House Friday to assert that the impeachment inquiry against him is destroyed, and demanding that House Republicans drop their investigation, saying it was “an outrageous effort from the beginning.” 

Democrat hitmen Jamie Raskin and Dan Goldman have been hitting the airwaves to spin the Smirnov indictment into an absurd new Russia hoax, and Hunter’s pricey lawyer Abbe Lowell in a new court filing Tuesday declared that Smirnov has fatally tainted the case against Hunter and is proof that the president’s son is being unjustly prosecuted because of his last name. 

‘Straw man’ 

They have created a straw man out of Smirnov, pretending he was the “lead informant” of the impeachment inquiry.

But he was no such thing.

Smirnov wasn’t any kind of informant. 

House Oversight Chairman James Comer could do nothing with Smirnov’s allegation, other than publicize it, because the FBI kept the informant secret, as well as the existence or otherwise of any “investigation.” 

The Smirnov indictment doesn’t mean Joe and Hunter are in the clear.

Far from it.

The evidence against them is overwhelming. 

Comer’s inquiry was well advanced before Smirnov’s allegation came onto the radar last July.

He had gathered evidence through bank records of millions of dollars from China, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Kazakhstan being laundered through multiple shell companies for the Biden family, and jaw-dropping testimony from Hunter’s former business partners of Joe’s meetings with Hunter’s foreign benefactors right before big payments dropped.

The modus operandi of Biden corruption was well established. 

And that was even before the IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joe Ziegler testified to Congress about the corrupt interference by the DOJ on the Hunter Biden investigation that dragged on for five years in Delaware before US Attorney David Weiss authorized a sweetheart plea deal in which Hunter would cop to no felony and get blanket immunity against future prosecutions.

Shapley and Ziegler showed that Weiss could have charged Hunter on the felony tax and gun charges in 2019.

Instead, Weiss tried to let Hunter off scot-free and allowed the statute of limitations to run out on the most serious charges — having to do with Ukraine and Burisma that would have led investigators to Joe Biden’s door. 

Smirnov is an FBI problem.

He was the bureau’s “trusted,” well-paid, long-term informant, paid by one estimate hundreds of thousands of dollars over 14 years.

The indictment states he has testified in multiple cases that likely led to convictions. 

Smirnov was authorized by the FBI to commit crimes, the indictment says, which puts him in an elite category of informant only used in national security or serious organized-crime cases. 

Smirnov’s bribery allegation against the Bidens first emerged in what is called an FD-1023, an FBI record of information provided by a confidential human source. 

Vetting allegations 

Then-Pittsburgh US Attorney Scott Brady was tasked by then-Attorney General Bill Barr on Jan. 3, 2020, to vet allegations about Biden corruption that had been pouring into the DOJ including from then-President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani.

The aim was to quarantine misinformation from tainting the investigation Weiss was conducting into Hunter over tax, money-laundering and foreign-agent violations. 

Brady’s team found a mention of Hunter’s Ukraine dealings in a so-called FD-1023 report from Smirnov buried in the files of the Washington Field Office since 2017.

Smirnov was reinterviewed and delivered the bombshell allegation that he had been told by Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky that he had bribed then-VP Joe Biden and Hunter to get Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired. 

Brady’s team did their due diligence as far as they could within the limits of their brief.

They did not know Smirnov’s identity, but his FBI handler confirmed through his passport that Smirnov had traveled to Ukraine in 2015 and 2016, and that he was in London when he claimed he had another meeting.

Through open-source information the team also confirmed that Burisma had bought a US gas company for $30 million, just as Smirnov had said Zlochevsky was planning on doing. 

They also accessed DOJ money-laundering files and Treasury suspicious-activity reports and found that Zlochevsky unusually had transferred $10 million to another entity in early 2014.

Hunter had joined Burisma’s board in April 2014. 

So, there was sufficient smoke for Brady to forward the FD-1023 to Weiss’ office for further investigation, as was his brief.

Weiss has inserted a disingenuous line in his Smirnov indictment claiming Brady’s assessment was “closed.”

This is a bureaucratic smokescreen in which the FBI, after the handover to Weiss, declared the Pittsburgh assessment “closed” but that did not mean that the allegations were not found credible.

The opposite was the case, as Brady testified, and as Barr agreed. 

But Weiss refused to accept Brady’s briefing. Brady had to go over Weiss’ head to DOJ bosses to force him to take it. 

When finally Brady managed to brief Delaware, in October 2020, the investigators were excluded, and were so startled when they learned what had happened that they went back to Congress to update their testimony to say that they should have been shown the FD-1023 and they would have thoroughly investigated the allegations. 

Instead, it took almost three years, and Hunter’s collapsed plea deal, for Weiss to start investigating the allegation as he should have done in June 2020 rather than hiding it.

He was content to let Hunter’s plea deal slide through with blanket immunity whether the allegation was true or not. 

In the end, the bleeding obviously needs to be pointed out. 

The company they keep 

Let’s say it’s true Smirnov did make up bribery allegations to smear Joe before the 2020 election and that the Russians were involved. 

The fact is that if Joe and Hunter and Jim Biden hadn’t kept such terrible company, they wouldn’t be at risk of falling victim to such alleged operations.

What is Joe doing having dinner at Café Milano with Russian oligarch Elena Baturina, a Vladimir Putin crony who had just given $3.5 million to Hunter’s business?

Why is Hunter taking $1 million a year from Burisma during his father’s vice presidency, at a time when Zlochevsky is under corruption investigation not just in Ukraine but in a joint operation by Britain’s Serious Fraud Squad and the FBI?

And so on. 

If the Bidens hadn’t taken millions of dollars from so many dubious characters in corrupt countries, suspicion would not hang heavy over their heads.

They endangered national security with their reckless greed. 

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