Ex-FBI informant Smirnov to remain jailed pending trial

A judge ordered on Monday that Alexander Smirnov, a former FBI informant, remain in custody until his trial, a decision that comes after Smirnov was charged this month by the Department of Justice with lying to federal investigators about President Joe Biden.

Judge Otis Wright of the Central District of California issued the order during a hearing in Los Angeles in response to special counsel David Weiss, who is overseeing Smirnov’s prosecution, arguing that Smirnov is a flight risk.

Wright apparently agreed with Weiss, saying during the hearing that “there is nothing garden variety about this case,” according to one of the reporters inside the courtroom.

The judge’s order to keep Smirnov behind bars follows authorities arresting Smirnov a second time last week in Las Vegas. A judge
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