What goes around, comes around, I guess. Apparently, the source of that fake Steele Dossier has now been arrested! Here’s more details…
Federal authorities recently announced that they have arrested one of the key figures in compiling the Steele Dossier, a long-discredited report that had compiled a number of different allegations and rumors that suggested that former President Donald Trump had been colluding with the Kremlin.
U.S.-based Russian analyst Igor Danchenko was referred to by the New York Times as the “primary researcher” behind the Steele Dossier, but now the man has been arrested on five counts of lying to the FBI, according to several different reports.
This development is now coming as part of special counsel John’s Durham probe into the specific origins of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation. Durham had been appointed as special counsel during the end of Trump’s term in order to investigate the origins of the “Crossfire Hurricane” probe as a way to avoid interference from Joe Biden.
The now-unsealed charging document alleges that in 2017 Danchenko had knowingly made false statements to federal investigators about some of the conversations he had had with “sub-sources” when the FBI interviewed him in regards to his role in collecting information for former British spy Christopher Steele. Democrats had paid Steele to look into the links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Axios also reported that “some of this false information had been in the Steele Dossier and it had come from Danchenko and it was later used to obtain a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.”
The Associated Press reported that the indictment makes the claim that “Danchenko misled the FBI by denying a relationship with a public relations executive and longtime Democratic operative and supporter of Trump’s 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, when he had in fact anonymously sourced one of his allegations to that person.”
“He also is accused of fabricating details of a phone conversation with someone who, he said, had described a ‘well-developed conspiracy of co-operation’ between the Trump campaign and Russia,” the report stated.
It was in a damning report released in December 2019 that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that the Democratically-funded Steele Dossier was a “central and essential” factor in the FBI’s decision to wiretap former Trump Campaign adviser Carter Page. Horowitz has also criticized the FBI due to the fact that they made at least 17 “significant errors” in the procedure that were guiding the FISA process.
The arrest of Danchenko now marks the third criminal action due to the Durham probe. Last September, they indicted Michael Sussmann, a cybersecurity lawyer who had previously represented Hillary Clinton, for his lies to the FBI during a 2016 briefing. That indictment was following the first one, which was against former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith for issuing a falsified document that was used to obtain a surveillance warrant against Page. In August 2020, Clinesmith pled guilty to that charge.