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Fri Feb 16, 2024, 07:42 AM Feb 2024

Raskin calls on GOP to end Biden impeachment inquiry after indictment of FBI informant [View all]

Source: The Hill

02/15/24 8:21 PM ET

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) is calling on House Republicans to end their impeachment inquiry into President Biden following the indictment of the FBI informant at the center of the conference’s allegations that the president accepted a bribe.

The statement from Raskin — the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee — came shortly after the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced charges against Alexander Smirnov, 43, based on accusations that he made up claims regarding Biden. He was charged with making a false statement and creating a false and fictitious record as part of the investigation being led by special counsel David Weiss.

Republicans have cited conversations Smirnov, previously known only as a confidential source, had with the FBI, in which he said the head of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma informed him that he paid Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, each $5 million in an effort to avoid scrutiny of his company. Those allegations are at the heart of the GOP’s claim that the president accepted a bribe.

“In a detailed indictment, Special Counsel David Weiss — who was appointed by former President Donald Trump — has demonstrated how key evidence at the heart of House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry is based on a lie,” Raskin said. “Special Counsel Weiss’s investigation is just the most recent to debunk the Ukraine-Burisma conspiracy theory at the heart of this fraudulent impeachment inquiry.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/4471482-raskin-calls-on-gop-to-end-biden-impeachment-inquiry-after-indictment-of-fbi-informant/

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