Hunter Biden Claims Smirnov Collapsed DOJ Plea Deal

    Hunter Biden Claims Smirnov Collapsed DOJ Plea Deal
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    The Facts

    • Hunter Biden's team submitted a court filing Tuesday criticizing Special Counsel David Weiss for confusing images of sawdust for cocaine, while also alleging that the "ridiculous claims" of former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov collapsed a plea deal between Hunter and the DOJ.

    • Hunter Biden's comments come within a nine-count federal indictment overseen by Special Counsel Weiss, where the son of Pres. Joe Biden is accused of avoiding paying $1.4M of owed federal taxes between 2016 and 2019.


    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    The news of Smirnov's indictment is a further damning blow to Congressional Republicans, who continue to lead a witch hunt against the Biden family. It's ironically only because of the incessant nature of the GOP's reckless attack on Joe and Hunter Biden that Smirnov has been charged. The reality of Smirnov's lies is yet another shadow upon an embarrassing year for a desperate Republican Party.

    Republican narrative

    Hunter Biden's team is using an unintentional mistake and the lies of a previously trusted informant to undermine America's legal system. Yet reality remains the same: Hunter Biden was ready to admit guilt when offered a plea deal concerning his tax evasion, and his laptop contains a plethora of damning evidence of drug use while possessing a firearm. These events by no means prove any innocence, and accusations of corruption within the Biden family remain substantial.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 20% chance that Joe Biden will be impeached by the US House of Representatives, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


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