Feb 21, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Raskin: Biden impeachment inquiry squashed by Smirnov allegations

ep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on January 5, 2024 in Washington, DC. Democrats held a news conference to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Jan 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rep. Jamie Raskin speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 5. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

House Oversight Committee ranking member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said Wednesday that the GOP impeachment inquiry into President Biden has been squashed by allegations of Russian intervention.

The big picture: The comments from the committee's top Democrat come after former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov admitted that "officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story" about Hunter Biden.

What they're saying: "The impeachment investigation essentially ended yesterday, in substance if not in form, with the explosive revelation that Mr. Smirnov's allegations about Ukrainian Burisma payments to Joe Biden were concocted along with Russian intelligence agents," Raskin told reporters.

  • "It appears like the whole thing is not only, obviously, false and fraudulent, but a product of Russian disinformation and propaganda," Raskin added. "And that's been the motor force behind this investigation for more than a year."

Catch up quick: Special counsel David Weiss last week charged Smirnov with felony false statement and obstruction crimes for providing allegedly false information about Biden and his son.

  • Prosecutors alleged Smirnov admitted that "officials associated with Russian intelligence" were involved in passing a story about Hunter Biden.
  • Prosecutors also alleged that Smirnov told an FBI handler that the Russian Intelligence Service intercepted several cellphone calls placed at a hotel "by prominent U.S. persons the Russian government may use as 'kompromat' in the 2024 election."

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