For those waiting around for an update from Special Counsel John Durham, we have one for you.
Durham just requested that a federal court send out 30 subpoenas for testimony in the trial of Igor Danchenko.
Danchenko is said to have been the primary source for Christopher Steele’s dossier, which targeted President Donald Trump with false accusations.
Danchenko is accused of lying to the FBI on five separate occasions, to which he has pleaded not guilty.
His trial is scheduled for October.
In a brief court filing on Wednesday, Durham requested that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issue the subpoenas for an “appearance before said Court at Alexandria, Virginia,” beginning on October 11.
A blank subpoena reads “You are commanded to appear.”
🚨 Durham requests 30 subpoenas for testimony in trial against Steele source Igor Danchenkohttps://t.co/08QpLY7hUw
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 13, 2022
Here’s the latest on the Durham investigation from our friends at the Washington Examiner:
Special counsel John 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.
Danchenko was charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI, which Durham says he made about the information he provided to Steele for the dossier. His trial is scheduled for October. The DOJ’s watchdog said FBI interviews with Danchenko “raised significant questions about the reliability of the Steele election reporting” and concluded Danchenko “contradicted the allegations of a ‘well-developed conspiracy’ in” Steele’s dossier. He has pleaded not guilty.
Durham’s brief court filing on Wednesday 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.”
BREAKING: Things may be heating up in Danchenko. pic.twitter.com/MsNyryJouV
— Margot Cleveland (@ProfMJCleveland) July 13, 2022
BREAKING: Special Counsel John Durham has requested at least 30 court subpoenas for witnesses to testify at the Oct. 11 criminal trial of Hillary Clinton dossier subcontractor Igor Danchenko in Alexandria, Va.
— Paul Sperry (@PaulSperry30) July 13, 2022
Just In- 🚨Special Counsel John Durham has requested 30 subpoenas for testimony in trial against Steele source Igor Danchenko. 👀
— Ultra MAGA PayTreeIt 3.0 (@KCPayTreeIt) July 13, 2022
Special Counsel #JohnDurham asked a federal court to send out 30 subpoenas for testimony in the pending trial against research analyst #IgorDanchenko, who was the alleged main source for the discredited #SteeleDossier that targeted former President Trump. https://t.co/spA6RXfy60
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) July 13, 2022
The Epoch Times has more information on the investigation:
In a June 13 filing, Durham’s team said, “It is respectfully requested that the Clerk of said Court issue subpoenas as indicated below for appearance of said Court in Alexandria, Virginia … to testify on behalf of the United States” on Oct. 11.
The judge in the case is U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2008.
Danchenko, who has pleaded not guilty, is charged with lying to the FBI. Durham alleges that he made five false statements to the FBI in connection to information he provided to former UK spy Christopher Steele, who was hired by an opposition research company on behalf of a law firm working for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
According to Durham’s indictment, Danchenko’s alleged fabrications “were material to the FBI because … the FBI’s investigation of the Trump Campaign relied” on the dossier to obtain secretive warrants to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Interested to see what happens with thishttps://t.co/5h10bYD7ls
— Jessie Czebotar (@CzebotarJessie) July 13, 2022
There's a real risk that this will end with Danchenko being the all-around scapegoat despite the fact that he was just a patsy behind whom Steele, Fusion, Perkins and the Clinton campaign could conceal their scheme to take down Trump. Mr Durham, please don't let it be this way. https://t.co/HUhMQWUGTQ
— Hans Mahncke (@HansMahncke) July 13, 2022