Ex-FBI informant Smirnov’s fight for release moves to California

A judge ordered U.S. marshals on Friday to transfer Alexander Smirnov, the former informant who stands accused of lying to the FBI, to California for a hearing next week to address whether Smirnov will remain in custody.

Smirnov was arrested a second time in Las Vegas on Thursday after he was charged by the Department of Justice with making false statements to federal investigators that were designed to damage President Joe Biden politically. Smirnov was initially arrested last week on the same charges and successfully convinced a judge in Nevada to grant his temporary release with conditions, including wearing an ankle monitor.

Special counsel David Weiss, however, appealed the Nevada judge’s decision by asking the judge assigned to the case, Judge Otis Wright of the Central District of California, to reconsider whether Smirnov
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