The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) paid Igor Danchenko, the foundation of the very most salacious claims in the fraudulent Steele dossier, as a confidential human source (CHS) through the years President Donald Trump was under investigation.
A filingunsealed Tuesday by Special Counsel John Durham in his prosecution of Danchenko for lying to the FBI notes he was the foundation for former British spy Christopher Steele in his compilation of the dossier like the claim that there is a so-called pee tape of Trump cavorting with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel and asking them to urinate on a bed which then-President Barack Obama had slept. Many prominent Democrats including 2019-20 impeachment counsel and current congressional candidate Daniel S. Goldman promoted the claims, and proclaimed a pee tape actually existed.
Durham claims that Danchenko was listed as a CHS by the FBI during Operation Crossfire Hurricane, its investigation of Trumps supposed collusion with Russia. He remained a CHS during Special Counsel Robert Muellers fruitless inquiry.
One observer, writing at the technofog blog on Substack, speculated that Danchenko might have been retained as a paid CHS to help keep him from revealing that the FBI (and Mueller) knew the info in the dossier was false, even while the FBI used it to acquire electronic surveillance warrants on Trump foreign policy aide Carter Page, who hadn’t done anything wrong.
Danchenko had once worked as a Russia analyst at the left-leaning Brookings Institution, as well as Fiona Hill, a national security expert who was simply later called as a witness against Trump inside your home Intelligence Committees impeachment inquiry.
Durham is accusing Danchenko of lying to the FBI to safeguard Charles Dolan Jr., a communications consultant with close ties to the Clintons. He could be also accusing Danchenko of lying to the FBI about communications with Sergei Millian, who was simply then president of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, and whose supposed evidence helped convince the FBI to get a surveillance warrant against Carter Page. Dolan is likely to be considered a witness in Durhams prosecution against Danchenko.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He could be the writer of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from the conservative perspective. He could be successful of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.