Igor Danchenko, the Russian analyst who was the source of the 2016 dossier on President Donald Trump, was arrested and charged with lying to the FBI as part of an investigation by Special Adviser John Durham. CNN writes about it.
He was charged with perjury The FBI, and faces up to five years in prison on each of the five counts.
Danchenko was a key source of information used by former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele in a dossier claiming that Trump was compromised by ties with Russia ahead of the 2016 elections.
The dossier, many of which has never been confirmed, was one of the most controversial parts of the 2016 FBI investigation into Trump and Russia, known as the Hurricane of the Crossfire, which led to an investigation by Special Adviser Robert Mueller.
< p class = "p1"> Among Danchenko's statements he conveyed was that the Russians had Trump's record with women. Trump denies that such an episode ever took place.
The FBI used Steele's dossier to obtain a foreign warrant to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Danchenko is accused of providing information that became part of an FBI warrant to spy on Page.
Steele's Trump dossier, “as well as Danchenko's information, played a role in the FBI's investigative decisions and in the sworn statements that the FBI made to the Foreign Intelligence Oversight Court over an appropriate period of time,” & # 8211; the indictment says.
On one occasion, prosecutors accused Danchenko of concealing the fact that a US-based public relations officer was his source and helped keep Steele's work.
The prosecutor's office also suggests that Danchenko made an anonymous phone call, which, according to investigators, was the leader of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce.
The call to the president of the Chamber of Commerce prompted Steele's dossier to be labeled as a “well-designed conspiracy of cooperation” between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Danchenko was released by a federal judge on bail of $ 100,000. Lawyers
In September, Durham issued a new set of subpoenas, including to a law firm closely associated with Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, indicating that he may be trying to build a broader criminal case.
But so far, Durham's two-year investigation of the FBI investigation into Russia has not produced the consequences Republicans hoped.
The latest subpoenas came after Durham accused Clinton's campaign attorney Michael Sussmann of lying to the FBI in September 2016.
Durham was appointed special advisor to the former Attorney General William Barr in October 2020, but held it is a secret so as not to interfere in the 2020 elections.