Special Counsel David Weiss has indicted a confidential FBI source who provided disparaging information about President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden with felony counts of false statements and obstruction.

Weiss charged Alexander Smirnov, 43, with one count of making a false statement and one count of creating a false and fictitious record related to statements he made to the FBI in a document known as FBI Form 1023.

Charging documents released Thursday show Smirnov was a confidential FBI source and allegedly provided “false and disparaging information about (President Biden) and (Hunter Biden)… in 2020, after (Biden) became Presidential candidate”.

Smirnov is the same person Republicans have called “a highly credible FBI source” and used to claim that Joe Biden is corrupt, according to multiple high-ranking congressional sources.

However, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer has since issued a statement saying, in part, that Smirnov’s charges do not undermine the GOP impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden.

However, the FBI source and his claims have been repeatedly raised by Republicans as they move forward with an impeachment inquiry into the president, but now the FBI is calling the source a liar.

Biden’s corruption allegations became public nearly a year ago, when Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, took the extraordinary step of releasing a confidential FBI informant’s unverified claim that, years ago, the Biden family “pushed” a Ukrainian oligarch to pay them $10 million.

Congressional Republicans have since cited the claim, which Democrats and the White House immediately denied, to justify their impeachment inquiry.

“I think the key to the impeachable crimes is with Burisma,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan told reporters in December, referring to the bribery allegation.

In the wake of the indictment against Smirnov, Comer said in his statement Thursday that “to be clear, the impeachment investigation is not dependent on the FBI’s FD-1023 (which included the Smirnov indictment).”

The Republican-led investigation “is based on a large record of evidence, including bank records and witness testimony, which reveals that Joe Biden knew of and participated in his family’s businesses,” Comer said. (The president rejects it).

Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, responded to Smirnov’s allegations in her own statement, saying: “For months we have warned that Republicans have built their conspiracies about Hunter and his family on lies told by people with political agendas. , not about facts.”

“We were right and the balloon ran out of air,” Lowell said.

Late Thursday, a spokesman for Weiss said Smirnov was “ordered detained pending a detention hearing” that will take place next Tuesday in Las Vegas. ABC News could not immediately locate a legal representative for Smirnov.

Smirnov allegedly informed an FBI agent in March 2017 that he had a phone call with the owner of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, and noted that Hunter Biden was at the time a member of Burisma’s board of directors.

Three years later, Smirnov allegedly made false statements describing two meetings in 2015 or 2016 in which executives associated with Burisma told him they had hired Hunter Biden to “protect us, through his father, from all kinds of problems.”

PHOTO: President Joe Biden, right, hugs his son Hunter Biden on Hunter's birthday after dinner at The Ivy in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024.

President Joe Biden, right, hugs his son Hunter Biden on Hunter’s birthday after dinner at The Ivy in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024.

Stephanie Scarbrough/AP, FILE

According to federal authorities, Smirnov also said that the executives paid $5 million each to Hunter Biden and Joe Biden while the latter served as vice president, for Hunter Biden to “take care of all those matters through his father.” , referring to the then criminal investigation being carried out by the then Prosecutor General of Ukraine into Burisma.

Those facts were lies, Weiss alleged in his new indictment.

Instead, Smirnov did not contact Burisma executives until 2017, after the end of Joe Biden’s term as vice president and after the Ukrainian attorney general had already been fired, according to the indictment.

“The indictment alleges that (Smirnov) turned his routine and extraordinary business contacts with Burisma in 2017 and later into bribery allegations against (President Biden) after expressing bias against (Biden) and his presidential candidacy,” the office said. Weiss in his statement. announcing the charges.

Smirnov was again interviewed by FBI agents in September 2023, the indictment says, and he allegedly repeated previous false claims and also changed his story to promote “a new false narrative after saying he met with Russian officials.”

Smirnov was arrested at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas on Wednesday after arriving in the United States from abroad, the Justice Department said. He was scheduled to make his initial appearance Thursday.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

ABC News’ Justin Fishel and John Parkinson contributed to this report.

By Sam