2+2=5, or at least that’s what Igor Danchenko wants us to think…
As all of you know, Danchenko was one of the sources behind the now infamous Steele Dossier and has since been charged with his role in the Hillary Clinton-led Russiagate scandal.
Investigators claim that they essentially caught Danchenko red-handed and that several assertions made by Danchenko have since proven to be lies…
Still, this seems to have done little to deter Danchenko or his legal team.
According to a new filing, Danchenko’s attorneys have issued a motion to dismiss the case against him, citing the claim that what Danchenko initially told authorities was ‘literally true’.
Aside from the absurd nature of such a defense, I find it absolutely insane that Danchenko—a Russian national, was one of the main foot soldiers behind a conspiracy alleging that President Trump was colluding with Russians…
Here’s what we currently know about the legal motion:
In a motion to dismiss his indictment–arguing, in part, that his alleged lies were true–Igor Danchenko (after 9 months of discovery) says Durham was appointed in April 2019, not May, as publicly claimed.https://t.co/061kbhxcHI pic.twitter.com/yT2DaJLeOk
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) September 3, 2022
"Desperate at Best:" Igor Danchenko Starts Dismantling John Durham's Case against Himhttps://t.co/TAw85Rhk5S
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) September 4, 2022
According to The Epoch Times:
According to charging documents, Danchenko said at one point that he had never communicated with a U.S.-based public relations expert—identified as longtime Clinton associate Charles Dolan—about any of the allegations in the dossier, but in reality Danchenko sourced at least one of the allegations from Dolan.
ICYMI: Steele dossier source Igor Danchenko is calling on a judge to dismiss Durham’s false statements charges against him ahead of the October trial, arguing in part that if Mueller hadn’t unearthed this wrongdoing then there must’ve been no there there.https://t.co/25napkFl2d
— Jerry Dunleavy 🇺🇸 (@JerryDunleavy) September 4, 2022
Andrew DeFilippis, a leading prosecutor on the team of Trump-era special counsel John Durham, has withdrawn from the case against Igor Danchenko. (The latter's trial on charges he lied to the FBI about some of his sources for the Steele dossier is in October.)
H/T @ZackStieber pic.twitter.com/QoqsK4KHWN
— Charlie Savage (@charlie_savage) August 25, 2022
Washington Examiner provided a statement from Danchenko’s legal team:
“Between January and November 2017, Mr. Danchenko not only answered every question to the best of his ability, even when asked to speculate, but also provided emails and contact information for other potential sources of information in the [Steele] Reports,” Danchenko’s attorneys told the court on Friday.
“The investigation into the Reports was ultimately completed by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III, in or about November 2017 and the Special Counsel’s office closed its entire investigation into possible Trump/Russia collusion in March 2019.”