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Igor Danchenko is a Russian-born analyst and a key source for the unverified Steele dossier that alleged ties between Trump and Russia. The “Russiagate” special counsel John Durham is now finished with the grand jury and has no new indictments.
As of now, the Igor Danchenko case will be the final trial of John Durham’s inquiry. Attorney General Merrick Garland should be receiving Durham’s final report by the end of the year.
The trial will begin on Tuesday, and it will focus on the dossier. The dossier kickstarted the “Trump is a Russian puppet” propaganda. It also has many connections to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and her allies.
ABC News reported:
“The trial of a Russian national accused of lying to federal investigators about information he contributed to the so-called Steele dossier is set to begin this week, marking a major test for the special counsel investigating the origins of the FBI probe of former President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia.
Igor Danchenko, a Washington-based think tank analyst, was hired by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele in 2016 to collect information compiled in his now-infamous dossier, which included explosive and unproven claims about the former president. In a November 2021 indictment, prosecutors accused Danchenko of misleading FBI agents about his sources of information. Danchenko has pleaded not guilty. Danchenko’s trial, which begins Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia, is expected to offer special counsel John Durham an opportunity to justify his years-long probe, which Trump and his allies once hoped would uncover a widespread “deep-state” conspiracy within the bureau.”
Attorney General William Barr originally assigned this case to pursue the allegations made against the FBI. It was dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane” so far; Durham has only secured three indictments; Michael Sussmann, Hilary Clinton’s campaign lawyer, former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith and Igor Danchenko, a think tank analyst.
Michael Sussmann was acquitted in May:
“The verdict is a major defeat for Durham and his Justice Department prosecutors, who have spent three years looking for wrongdoing in the Trump-Russia probe. He claimed Sussmann lied during a 2016 meeting in which he passed a tip to the FBI about Donald Trump and Russia.”
Kevin Clinesmith admitted to forging documents and got a slap on the wrist:
Clinesmith admitted that in June 2017, he sent an altered email to an FBI agent that indicated a target of court-ordered FBI surveillance, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, was “not a source” for the Central Intelligence Agency. The statement, passed along as the FBI was applying for a third extension of surveillance of Page, made Page’s actions seem more suspicious by downplaying his past cooperation with the CIA.
There has been a long-standing precedent that lawyers like Clinesmith should have had their attorney designation stripped when a lawyer commits a crime. The D.C. Bar didn’t do anything until the media gave coverage. They temporarily suspended him due to the scandal, and he was prohibited from practicing law for one year. Now he is an “active member” and in “good standing” despite not completing his probation sentence.
Where are the indictments for Christopher Steele?
The former British spy was the one who created this Russia hoax, and Danchenko was Steele’s primary source. Steele is not even worried about being indicted.
In his interview with Stephanopoulos, yes, it is ironic that a Clinton advisor is interviewing an FBI agent loyal to the Clintons; Steele said he wasn’t worried about being indicted. Steele also believes that Donald Trump is a national security threat.
“So, Donald Trump, in your view, is a continuing threat, as long as he’s an active political player, to the national security?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“A potential one,” Steele replied. “Yes.”
According to Christopher Steele, he did nothing wrong and has no fear of Durham going after him. So, whose side is Durham really on? At this point, it seems like it is all just for show and not about justice. Christopher Steele should also go down if it were about bringing the truth to light.
According to Steele, as long as Trump remains active in politics, the deep state will do everything in its power to keep him out of office.