Folks this is a wonderful development in the Durham Special Counsel investigation.
John Durham is moving slow. But that’s okay. We’ve got one shot at this and it must be done right.
You can read the official Justice Department indictment here.
According to investigative journalist John Solomon’s media outlet, Just The News (via the New York Times), Igor Danchenko, the primary sub-source for Christopher Steele’s salacious and discredited dossier on Donald Trump, has been arrested this morning by federal authorities.
Federal authorities on Thursday reportedly arrested a Russian analyst who in 2016 gathered leads about possible links between Russia and then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, in the now discredited Steele Dossier.
The arrest of analyst Igor Danchenko is being reported by The New York Times, based on sources familiar with the matter.
The arrest is part of the special counsel inquiry led by John Durham, appointed by the Trump administration to scrutinize the so-called Russia collusion investigation.
The basis for the arrest and whether it was connected to the Democratic-funded opposition research was unclear Thursday morning.
And just WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE? From the indictment. This is JOHN PODESTA.
There are two VERY important ties that Danchenko has related to SpyGate.
This Breitbart article from April will explain:
The New York Times reported Monday that Durham asked for information about a former Brookings researcher named Igor Danchenko, who was the primary source for Christopher Steele, who prepared the fraudulent Russia “dossier” for the Fusion GPS opposition research firm. Fusion was paid, in part, by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, through an arrangement facilitated by Perkins Coie, a leading Democrat-aligned election law firm.
As John Solomon reported last year at Just the News:
Danchenko also worked for several years until 2010 at the Brookings Institution, a think tank familiar to many in the Obama administration and to one key witness in the impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
Fiona Hill, a Russia expert at the National Security Council and an impeachment witness against Trump, worked at the Brookings Institution in 2016 and co-authored a paper with Danchenko prior to the dossier being assembled, according to Real Clear Politics.
In addition, the president of the Brookings Institution — former Clinton administration figure Strobe Talbott — contacted Steele early in the Russia collusion probe and requested a copy of his dossier to share with Obama administration officials, according to Steele’s recent testimony in a British lawsuit.
- Fiona Hill – you will remember her from the Impeachment Sham investigation. She testified on Capitol Hill regarding the infamous Ukraine phone call.
- The Brookings Institute – big time connections to Clintons and Obama
If in fact this arrest was in relation to Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into Crossfire Hurricane, then we are getting VERY close to the Democratic National Committee (Debbie Wasserman-Schultz) and the 2016 Clinton Campaign (John Podesta).
Danchenko is responsible for some of the more ridiculous allegations in the Steele Dossier, as this New York Post article lays out:
Danchenko had been the main source for Christopher Steele, a former British spy who was paid by Democrats to examine ties between Russia and Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
It included the explosive allegation that Russian security services possessed a tape of Trump being urinated on by Russian prostitutes.
Danchenko later admitted to the FBI that the scandalous detail — like much of his info in the report — was based on “rumor and speculation.”
Many of his other allegations, such as the claim that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen visited Prague to meet Russian intel operatives, have been subsequently disproven.
Despite its murky sourcing, the research was still used by the FBI in getting surveillance warrants targeting a former Trump campaign aide.
This is a developing story.
Stay tuned for more.