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Ben Rhodes says Biden is already working with foreign leaders

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Former Obama administration Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes admitted that Joe Biden is already working with foreign leaders, during an interview with MSNBC on Monday.

“Foreign leaders are already having phone calls with Joe Biden, talking about the agenda they’re going to pursue January 20th to ensure as seamless a transition as possible,” said Rhodes. “The center of political gravity in this country and the world is shifting to Joe Biden.”

After Donald Trump won the election in 2016, he named Gen. Michael Flynn to be his National Security Advisor in both the transition and the new administration. Flynn had previously served as President Obama’s Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

In 2017, Flynn was accused by the Obama administration of violating the Logan Act by having communications with foreign leaders before Trump was sworn in as president. Flynn resigned soon after Trump took office in 2017.

The Logan Act is a United States federal law that criminalizes private citizens who attempt to intervene without authorization in disputes or controversies between the United States and foreign governments.

The conversations between Biden and foreign leaders revealed by Rhodes could potentially be violations of the Logan Act for the same reason Flynn was accused.

During his interview Tuesday, Rhodes spoke about Biden’s seamless transition into the White House and said the Trump administration is in for a ‘rude awakening.’

“If that reality hasn’t sunk in yet for some people in the White House, it will sink in when they have to leave on January 20th,” he concluded.

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DOJ says FBI informant on Biden had ‘high-level’ contacts with Russian intelligence

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In a memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to support Alexander Smirnov’s continued pre-trial detention, the Department of Justice(DOJ) wrote that he claimed to have had “contacts with multiple foreign intelligence agencies…[who] could resettle Smirnov outside the United States if he were released.”

Smirnov, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, was arrested and charged on Feb. 14 with making false statements to the FBI about Biden’s connections to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited, which employed his son Hunter Biden as a member of the board with a monthly salary of $50,000 during his term as vice president.

“During his custodial interview on February 14, Smirnov admitted that officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story about [Hunter Biden],” wrote special counsel David Weiss in the filing. “Smirnov apparently attended a separate meeting with Russian Official 1, [an] individual who controls groups that are engaged in overseas assassination efforts.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Smirnov was a confidential human source who provided information that was used to prepare a report, known as an FD-1023, about Joe Biden’s alleged connections to the Burisma business partners of Hunter Biden. That report has previously served as evidence contradictingJoe Biden’s claim that he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings; a notion at the center of an impeachment inquiry against him.

The FD-1023 detailing Smirnov’s claims was released by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on July 20, 2023, after it was provided to him by government whistleblowers. “[The] indictment confirms several points Senator Grassley has made repeatedly. The informant behind the FD-1023 was, indeed, a long-serving, trusted FBI source used by the agency for criminal investigations since the Obama administration. In fact, he was so trusted that the FBI provided him authorization ‘to engage in illegal activity for investigative purposes’,” a spokesperson for Grassley told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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