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5 ways Republicans’ anti-Biden case was just shut down

By Jake Beardslee · February 17, 2024

5 ways Republicans' anti-Biden case was just discredited

The Republican-led impeachment inquiry against President Biden has been undercut after an FBI informant central to the case was indicted this week.  The White House/Wikimedia

Smirnov's Claims Were Central to GOP Case

Alexander Smirnov provided information that Republicans used to allege bribery and other misconduct by Biden. His claims were featured extensively on conservative media.  The White House/Wikimedia

Key Informant Indicted for Allegedly Lying

The informant was indicted on charges that he provided false information about Biden to the FBI during the 2020 campaign. The charges came from a special counsel appointed under former President Trump.  The White House/Wikimedia

Democrats Call for End to 'Nonsense' Crusade

Democrats stated the indictment shows the impeachment inquiry relied on fabricated evidence and called for Republicans to end the investigation into Biden. Rep. Jamie Raskin said the indictment shows the GOP's case is built on lies and called for ending the impeachment inquiry.  Edward Kimmel from Takoma Park, MD/Wikimedia

Unclear How GOP Will Proceed

It remains uncertain how Republicans will continue their impeachment inquiry now that the reliability of their central witness has been thrown into question.  Republican Party (United States)/Wikimedia

Case Highlights Dangers of Partisan Investigations

Experts said the incident illustrates the risks of launching partisan inquiries before gathering substantive evidence of wrongdoing.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District/Wikimedia