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The case against Igor Danchenko will not be dismissed. Danchenko pleaded not guilty in regards to lying to the FBI and was a key source for getting the Steele Dossier.
On Thursday, Judge Anthony Trenga denied Danchenko’s motion to dismiss the case against him. Judge Trenga is a George W. Bush appointee.
The Washington Examiner reported his response to the case:
“I think it’s an extremely close call, particularly with count one” related to longtime Hillary Clinton ally Chuck Dolan.
The November 2021 indictment said Danchenko anonymously sourced a fabricated claim about Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to Dolan, who spent years, including 2016, doing work in Russia. Danchenko also allegedly lied to the FBI about a phone call he claimed told him about a conspiracy of cooperation between Trump and the Russians.
The judge said he “has to conclude at this point” that he couldn’t say definitively that Danchenko’s statement related to Dolan was literally true, concluding that “there are sufficient arguments of context” to allow the trial to move forward.
Trenga also said that, regarding the Millian-related charges, he “can’t conclude that there is an undisputed fact that is not actionable” through criminal charges.
The indictment argued that Danchenko “stated falsely that he had never communicated with” Dolan “about any allegations contained” in the dossier, while “in truth and in fact, and as Danchenko well knew, Danchenko sourced one or more specific allegations” in the dossier anonymously to Dolan.
Durham pointed out that Danchenko brought a copy of the Democratic-funded dossier to an FBI meeting and said he had reviewed it, showing he knew what the FBI was interested in. The special counsel said the jury, not the judge, should decide whether the evidence shows that “he did know it was untrue.”
Durham also said “the evidence in this case will show” that in other instances, Danchenko had personally referred in written discussions on social media to having spoken to someone.
On September 21, 2022, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland relating to Danchenko’s involvement.
In December 2016, the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team identified Danchenko as Steele’s primary sub-source and, according to the FBI, “became familiar with the 2009 investigation.” The FBI, even in light of the extensive derogatory information attached to Danchenko, proceeded to pay him as a confidential human source three months later from March 2017 to October 2020, as part of Crossfire Hurricane. Therefore, while we were investigating the Justice Department’s and FBI’s misconduct with respect to Crossfire Hurricane, you maintained him on the government’s payroll.
This extraordinary fact pattern requires additional information from the Justice Department and FBI relating to why Danchenko was placed on the payroll and paid by the taxpayer to assist in the federal government’s flawed investigation into President Trump.
The Senators gave Merrick Garland a deadline of no later than October 22, 2022, to provide all the records related to Danchenko. October is infamous for its surprises, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when Garland doesn’t release such information just weeks away from election day.