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Few non-politicians have received more publicity over the last year than John Durham. It was earlier this year that we reported that that Special Counsel John Durham said in a court filing last month that attorneys for the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton paid a technology company to “infiltrate” servers that were in Trump Tower, and after the election in the White House, in order to create an “inference” and “narrative” to link Donald Trump to Russia. Fox Business host Stuart Varney believes that Durham likely did “Democrats are favor,” arguing the news could prevent Hillary Clinton from mounting a 2024 presidential run as rumors swirl she may mount a bid. “This is unbelievable. In the media Trump’s hatred still rules. The Durham report also revealed that the current National Security Advisor played a role.
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It is now being reported that
Durham requested a federal court to issue 30 subpoenas for testimony in the trial against Igor Danchenko, British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s alleged main source for his discredited dossier.
On Wednesday Durham’s brief court filing requested the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to issue “thirty subpoenas” for an “appearance before said Court at Alexandria, Virginia,” starting on Oct. 11 “to testify on behalf of the United States.” The potential witnesses are not named, but a copy of the blank subpoena reads that “YOU ARE COMMANDED to appear.”
Danchenko, a Russian-born lawyer and researcher who has lived and worked in the Washington, D.C., area for many years, was indicted in November on a charge of lying to the bureau. The trial against him is Durham’s next big test.
Danchenko apparently relied upon a network of Russian contacts but he undermined key collusion claims when interviewed by the FBI. According to Durham’s false testimonials charges, he anonymously sourced a false claim about Donald Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort to longtime Hillary Clinton ally Chuck Dolan, who spent many years working for Russian businesses and the Russian government, including in 2016.
Steele is best known for his fallen anti-Trump dossier, which Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded in December 2019 played a “central and essential” role in the FBI’s effort to get wiretap orders against former Donald Trump campaign associate Carter Page. The dossier was created after Steele was hired by Fusion GPS, which was itself hired by Perkins Coie and Marc Elias, the general counsel for Clinton’s campaign. Sussmann worked for Perkins at the time too, and both he and Elias met with Steele in 2016.
Steele was working for Vladimir Putin-linked oligarch Oleg Deripaska before, during, and after his time targeting Donald Trump.