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(62,002 posts)
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 08:55 AM Feb 23

James Comer Changes His Tune on Discredited Biden Probe Witness

Earlier DU thread: Republicans Delete Reference To FBI Informant From Impeachment Interview Request Letter


James Comer Changes His Tune on Discredited Biden Probe Witness (Daily Beast)

After months of hype, the House Republican now claims that the man charged with lying to the FBI actually “wasn’t an important part of this investigation.”

After the credibility of House Republicans’ much-hyped FBI informant for their impeachment of President Joe Biden fell to pieces last week, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) dared to claim Wednesday that the person actually “wasn’t an important part of this investigation.”

On Newsmax, Comer tried to downplay the significance of Alexander Smirnov, who the Justice Department charged last week for lying to the FBI when he asserted that Biden received a $5 million bribe from a Ukrainian oligarch. According to the DOJ, Smirnov admitted after his arrest “that officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story about” Biden’s son, Hunter, and a Ukrainian gas company he worked for.

In his appearance Wednesday night, Comer claimed that despite Smirnov being one of the “most trusted, highest paid informants with the bureau for over a decade,” he “wasn’t an important part of this investigation because I didn’t even know who he was. All I knew was there was a 1023 [form] that alleged bribery.”

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(17,757 posts)
1. The Russian State doing favors to support Trump.
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 08:57 AM
Feb 23

What else should American voters need to know about Trump?


(31,207 posts)
2. The 1023 form that he and Jordan insisted the FBI give them in spite of the fact it was unproven
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 09:01 AM
Feb 23

FBI told him not to rely on that form but they just went with It, got the bit between their teeth and ran like hell. It pisses me off. Joe has 50 years as an elected public official. And now they’re going to find something that he did as vice president, why is all the rest of his record clean? Ask Lindsey Graham, he knows Joe, he said Joe wouldn’t take a bribe. He’s oddly silent about it now. Why don’t any journalists ask him what he thinks now?


(42,328 posts)
4. No, he's changing the lyrics, but not his tune
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 10:04 AM
Feb 23

He still wants to go after Biden over lies he prefers to believe


(47,822 posts)
5. Ha, ha, ha!
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 10:08 AM
Feb 23

They are so predictable. Too bad there isn't any video of Comer, because I could swear he seemed to be basing the investigation on this informant.


(70,697 posts)
6. Comer knew @ sometime when he was using Smirnov as his top witness against the Bidens ....
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 10:25 AM
Feb 23

…. that he had been interviewed by the FBI in either in 2020 or 2021 during which he
was suspected of lying to the FBI and being Russian dirty too.

Comer had such a hard on about “getting the Bidens” that he was not above using false
information aka lying and using somebody that the FBI had told him (Comer) that he was
not a credible source of information.

lonely bird

(1,706 posts)
8. So...
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 10:50 AM
Feb 23

I get alerts on my phone from Newsmax (always good to keep an eye on these idiots and for laughs as well) and they were talking with Comer about the “Biden cover-up”.

These people are lunatics.


(6,749 posts)
9. Our journalists need to hammer the GOP with questions about other contacts with Russians. Over and Over.
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 11:04 AM
Feb 23

Make it know that Smirnov is irrelevant and a known liar and why they believe him. Drill baby drill.


(10,194 posts)
10. So what exactly is Merrick Garland doing about Russia using
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 11:07 AM
Feb 23

the US Justice Department and FBI to spread Russian disinformation and lies? Seems to me like Russian intelligence has thoroughly infiltrated DOJ and is feeding them BS. I would hope that somebody at DOJ sees there is a problem.

Response to comradebillyboy (Reply #10)


(6,904 posts)
11. Oh what a pure and pristine world does our Gomer live,........
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 11:10 AM
Feb 23

untainted by the base elements of logic or comprehension.

Dr. T

(97 posts)
12. Remember when Dan Rather
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 11:18 AM
Feb 23

got fired for reporting false information about Bush, information that had not been thoroughly vetted? A brilliant journalist career was snuffed because he was set up by the people who fed him this information. Yet Comer brushes it off and gets back up on the horse. How the hell these cretins are allowed to exist in the public eye is beyond me.


(115,112 posts)
14. It's because the rich are behind them
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 11:31 AM
Feb 23

All of these right wing efforts are simply a smokescreen for the oligarchs waiting to do to the US what they did to Russia.

Chili Pepper

(104 posts)
17. Comer and Jordan consistently referred to this FBI informant's information as important to their case against Biden
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 01:17 PM
Feb 23

But now that he's no longer credible, his information was never important.

OK, got it. Makes perfect sense

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