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Igor Danchenko, Source Behind Steele Dossier, Arrested in Durham Spygate Probe


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Another arrest has been made in Durham’s Spygate probe.

Igor Danchenko was one of the primary researchers behind the Clinton-Funded Steele dossier.

He has officially been arrested.

The indictment is still sealed.

However, most observers believe that he will be charged with making false statements.

As more and more people behind the Steele dossier get arrested, the question remains:

Will most high-profile individuals be arrested as part of the Spygate investigation?

More details below:

As one of the chief analysts and researchers of the Steele dossier, Danchenko will be able to answer some very telling questions.

Who else worked on the dossier?

Who ordered him to work on it?

Does he have any direct proof or evidence of Clinton and DNC involvement?

The New York Times reports:

Federal authorities on Thursday arrested an analyst who in 2016 gathered leads about possible links between Donald J. Trump and Russia for what turned out to be Democratic-funded opposition research, according to people familiar with the matter.

The arrest of the analyst, Igor Danchenko, is part of the special counsel inquiry led by John H. Durham, who was appointed by the Trump administration to scrutinize the Russia investigation for any wrongdoing, the people said.

Mr. Danchenko, was the primary researcher of the so-called Steele dossier, a compendium of rumors and unproven assertions suggesting that Mr. Trump and his 2016 campaign were compromised by and conspiring with Russian intelligence officials in Moscow’s covert operation to help him defeat Hillary Clinton.

The people familiar with the matter spoke on condition of anonymity because the indictment of Mr. Danchenko had yet to be unsealed. A spokesman for Mr. Durham did not respond to a request for comment.

Some claims from the Steele dossier made their way into an F.B.I. wiretap application targeting a former Trump campaign adviser in October 2016. Other portions of it — particularly a salacious claim about a purported sex tape — caused a political and media firestorm when Buzzfeed published the materials in January 2017, shortly before Mr. Trump was sworn in.

But most of the important claims in the dossier — which was written by Mr. Danchenko’s employer, Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent — have not been proven, and some have been refuted. F.B.I. agents interviewed Mr. Danchenko in 2017 when they were seeking to run down the claims in the dossier.

The interview suggested that aspects of the dossier were misleading: Mr. Steele left unclear that much of the material was thirdhand information, and some of what Mr. Danchenko — who was born in Russia but lives in the United States — had relayed was more speculative than the dossier implied.

Part of what makes the Durham investigation so interesting is how quiet he has been.

Many of these arrests have come out of the blue.

There have been very few leaks about his progress and the scope and scale of what he’s working on.

Could there be larger arrests in Durham’s future?

During Trump’s first term, there were many unfounded accusations against him.

Of course, we all know that they turned out to be false (i.e. “Russia-Russia-Russia”).

The Steele dossier was the source for many of these unverifiable rumors.

The Washington Post has more details:

Steele’s reports on Trump were based in large part on a person he called his “primary sub-source,” which was Danchenko, according to people familiar with the matter.

A Justice Department inspector general report was highly critical of how the FBI used Steele’s allegations. The report found that when the FBI later questioned Danchenko about the allegations contained in Steele’s dossier, Danchenko tried to distance himself from some of the claims, saying the dossier overstated the information he had originally provided to Steele.

Danchenko, a Washington-based researcher, was hired by Steele to talk to people he knew in Russia about any possible ties Trump may have had to the Kremlin.

Steele, in turn, was paid by a research firm that had been hired by a law firm that represented Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

If there was a faulty report against Biden or Clinton or any Democrat, don’t you think there would be an outcry?

Don’t be surprised if the media attempts to cover up this story.

However, it confirms what we all knew:

There appears to have been an organized effort to undermine President Trump!



 

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