ICYMI| It’s really happening. John Durham has had the FBI arrest Igor Danchenko. He was the primary source for the Steele dossier. He stands accused of lying to federal authorities and I’m sure more charges will come at a later date. He could provide a lot of information to Durham in exchange for a plea deal. It is believed the He was working with a Democrat believed to be Charles Dolan Jr.
Much of the information Danchenko gave allegedly came from a trip to Russia in June. However, he lied. He never went to Moscow until October, so he either made up the information or her was being fed the information from Dolan. Either way, it was easy to follow his story and prove it was all lies.
In John Durham’s words:
More from the Indictment:
-Danchenko kept “PR Executive-1” – an influential Democrat – updated of his “Kompromat” research. We have learned from a person smarter than us that this is likely Charles Dolan Jr. (Aaron Mate might have been the first to make this observation. Well done.)
-The Democrat PR Exec (Dolan): “I think [Danchenko] worked for FSB.” (Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.)
-The “Russian Sub-Source-1” of Danchenko was a Hillary Clinton supporter and was gifted an autobiography of Hillary Clinton.
-“Russian Sub-Source-1” had a personal interest in a Hillary Clinton victory, stating that the Democrat PR executive (Dolan) would “take me to the State Department if Hillary wins.”
Durham alleges that Danchenko – the Steele source – and the Democrat “PR Executive” (Dolan) worked together to gather intel/dirt on Trump. From their e-mails:
Danchenko further lied about his claims of staying in a Moscow Hotel in June 2016. He didn’t stay at the Moscow Hotel until October. This is material because Danchenko purportedly gathered information from sources during the June 2016 stay (which never occurred).
Here’s an important observation: Danchenko wasn’t a necessarily a source – he was a go-between, providing Steele with information from the Democrat PR Executive (Dolan).
Overall, Danchenko faces five false statement charges:
Falsely denying he didn’t talk to the Democrat PR executive (Dolan) about the dossier allegations.
Falsely stating he took a 2016 call from Russian Sergei Millian (whom he says alleged a Trump/Russia conspiracy).
Falsely stating in another FBI interview that he took the 2016 call from Millian.
Falsely stating he talked to Millian more than once over the phone.
False in another FBI interview about his conversations with Millian.