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A federal judge is accusing FBI informant Alexander Smirnov who allegedly lied about Biden family bribes of working with his attorneys to flee the United States.

Smirnov was arrested for a second time in one week yesterday for being deemed a 'flight risk' after being released from federal custody.

And he may also be working with his defense team to 'facilitate his absconding' out of the U.S., District Judge Otis Wright wrote in an order Friday. 

'It has come to this Court's attention that counsel for defendant has sought an emergency hearing in the District of Nevada to arrange the release of Defendant Smirnov, likely to facilitate his absconding from the United States,' Wright wrote without any further explanation. 

He then ordered a second hearing on Smirnov's release on Monday at 9 a.m. PST, this time in Los Angeles, California. The defendant will have to be transferred by federal officials from Nevada to California in order to make the new court date.

Special Counsel David Weiss first charged and arrested him on February 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada, with lying about President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden taking $5 million bribes from the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

He was released from federal detention on Tuesday evening - against the recommendation of DOJ - with certain conditions attached including a GPS monitor and handing over of his U.S. and Israeli passports.

Former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov, left, walks out of his lawyer's office in downtown Las Vegas after being released from federal custody Tuesday, Feb. 20

Former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov, left, walks out of his lawyer's office in downtown Las Vegas after being released from federal custody Tuesday, Feb. 20

Smirnov was released from federal custody with conditions on Tuesday evening

Smirnov was released from federal custody with conditions on Tuesday evening 

But he was re-arrested on Thursday morning after prosecutors insisted he was still a flight risk. His lawyers said he was 'improperly' taken into custody again while at their offices for a legal consultation.

Federal prosecutors insisted that he is 'actively peddling new lies that could impact U.S. elections' and therefore urged the judge to throw him behind bars before a trial. They also say his links to Russian intelligence officials and access to over $6 million in cash should keep him detained, and also suggested his attorneys could be helping him escape.

Smirnov, 43, is accused of making a false statement and creating a false records for statements he made to the FBI in 2020 related to Hunter Biden's work on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 25 years in prison. 

Prosecutors revealed Tuesday in a bombshell court filing that Smirnov had 'extensive contacts' with Russian intelligence operatives and obtained information on the Biden family through ritzy events on super yacht and in hotels.

Federal prosecutors had argued that Smirnov should be detained because his foreign contacts could 'resettle Smirnov outside the United States if he were released' and he has $6 million in 'liquid funds' - so he could live comfortably.

'The effects of Smirnov's false statements and fabricated information continue to be felt to this day. Now the personal stakes for Smirnov are even higher. His freedom is on the line,' prosecutors stated.

'If he could not be trusted to report truthful information to his FBI Handler, he cannot be trusted to report truthful information to Pretrial Services.'

In the Tuesday afternoon filing, prosecutors detailed how Smirnov 'misrepresented' his assets by failing to disclose the millions he has on hand. 

He personally has access to more than $2.9 million and his 'wife/girlfriend' who pays his personal expenses out of her own account has the ability to get more than $3.8 million. 

And based on his 'weak ties' to the community in Las Vegas, he cannot reasonably be believed to remain in the area if he were to be released, prosecutors continued.

'Smirnov’s anticipated travel from the United States, on Friday of last week, two days after his return, was for the purpose of meeting with Russian intelligence officials, among others,' prosecutors said.

But a federal judge allowed Smirnov to be released Tuesday evening following the hearing. 

Smirnov did not answer questions from reporters as he departed from court. 

The charges against Smirnov could undercut Republican accusations of bribery and claims Biden was benefitting financial from his son's business dealings in Ukraine.

DailyMail.com breaks down some of the most shocking allegations against the FBI informant who was central to the GOP's impeachment probe into Joe Biden. Smirnov was 'in contact' with Russian operative in charge of global assassinations.

Smirnov was 'in contact' with Russian operative in charge of global assassinations 

In a shocking new filing Tuesday, prosecutors state that Smirnov, an Israeli citizen, has 'extensive foreign ties,' and his contacts with Russian intelligence operatives was 'not benign.'

The filing went on to say the 'false information' Smirnov passed on to the FBI from the Russian intelligence operatives was not 'trivial' because it 'targeted the presumptive nominee of one of the two major political parties,' referring to Joe Biden. 

Prosecutors say his contacts were 'extremely recent' and he planned to meet with one official on his upcoming overseas travel. 

Specifically, 'Russian Official 1' was disclosed by Smirnov to be the son of a 'former high-ranking Russian government official,' who 'controls two groups of individuals tasked with carrying out assassination efforts in a third-party country.'

In addition, the official has been described to have 'ties to a particular Russian intelligence service.'

According to the filing, 'Russian Official 1 offered to stop the assassination efforts in exchange for certain things, including an agreement by "Country C" to stop targeting civilian family members of certain Russian officials living in Moscow.'

The official allegedly provided him with 'specific information' about Russia's 'military resources for a winter attack in Country C.' 

They also told Smirnov about the Russian government’s 'intentions for their war in Ukraine,' according to the indictment.

'Fake' secret recordings of Hunter in a hotel he never visited in Ukraine 

According to the filing, Smirnov wanted his Russian contacts to look into whether Businessperson 1 (Hunter Biden) was recorded in a hotel in Kyiv, Ukraine. 

The hotel, the Premier Palace, was allegedly 'wired' and 'under the control of Russians,' according to Smirnov.

He claimed that Hunter went to the hotel 'many times' and that he had 'seen video footage of Businessperson 1 entering the Premier Palace Hotel.'

However, investigators said they 'know that Smirnov’s new story is false' because Hunter never traveled to Ukraine. 

'Smirnov suggested that investigators check to see if Businessperson 1 made telephone calls from the Premier Palace Hotel since those calls

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