Former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov wins request to delay trial until December

 May 10, 2024

The man who originally made claims regarding Hunter Biden and his business dealings, which kicked off an investigation into President Joe Biden and his son, will now have a trial after the 2024 presidential election. 

According to Fox News, Alexander Smirnov, the ex-FBI informant who is now accused of making false statements about the Biden family, has had his trial delayed.

The trial was originally scheduled to begin April 23 but "special counsel David Weiss and Smirnov's defense attorneys filed a joint stipulation motion last week requesting additional time to prepare for the trial," the outlet noted.

Attorneys for Smirnov had requested the delay to give them ample time to prepare for the case.

What's happening?

Because of the addition of classified materials in the case, his attorneys argued that more time would be needed, since they would have to go through the Classified Procedures Act.

The request to delay the trial until much later this year was granted this week by U.S. District Judge Otis Wright.

Smirnov has been accused of lying to FBI informants about the Bidens, and prosecutors have argued that his alleged lies have the power to "influence U.S. elections."

Fox News noted:

Weiss charged Smirnov, 43, in February after he alleged Joe Biden and Hunter Biden were paid millions in exchange for their help in firing a Ukrainian prosecutor who was at the time investigating the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings. Hunter Biden sat on the board of that company when Shokin was removed from his post.

Prosecutors in the case claim the story Smirnov told about the Bidens being paid $5 million each in 2015 is false.

Smirnov has pleaded not guilty to making the false statement, but he's been held without bail since his arrest at an airport earlier this year, as the judge determined he was a flight risk.

Notable details

Prior to his arrest, Smirnov had been described by the FBI as a "highly credible" source of information. Obviously, that description went away rather quickly after he made statements about the Bidens.

Fox News noted:

Smirnov, a now-ex-FBI informant, had been described by the FBI as a "highly credible" confidential human source and worked for the bureau for years, dating back to the Obama administration. Smirnov, through his work for the FBI, had been paid "six figures," the FBI told lawmakers.

Many believe Smirnov's arrest was a blatant attempt to discredit him so as to protect the president and his family from the investigations that his intelligence helped launch.

Only time will tell if the truth ever comes out.

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