A New Indictment in the Attempted 2016 Election Overthrow
The New York Post published a story about a new indictment that was filed this week by Special counsel John Durham. Durham is investigating the FISA warrants that the FBI obtained for their wiretaps of Donald Trump, while Trump was a candidate for president in 2016. Russian-born Igor Danchenko, was indicted as the principal source for the bogus Steele dossier. He fed fake Russian intel about Donald Trump to Christopher Steele while he was working at an influential DC think tank. The FBI used the Steele dossier as a basis for their Trump-Russia investigation. The FBI tried for months but were never able to verify anything in the Steele dossier. Nevertheless, they knowingly used the dossier to trick the FISA court into issuing spy warrants, long after the fact.
According to article author, Andrew McCarthy, this week's arrest of Igor Danchenko illustrates how the Steele dossier was a political dirty trick orchestrated by Hillary Clinton.
Danchenko has been charged with five counts of lying to the FBI in interviews during 2017, as the bureau struggled in futility to verify outlandish allegations that Donald Trump and his campaign were clandestine agents of the Kremlin. Those allegations were compiled in the so-called Steele dossier, which the FBI relied on in obtaining surveillance warrants from a secret federal court.
The "Dirty Dossier" was generated by the Clinton campaign. If you will recall, its principal author was former British spy Christopher Steele. Apparently, Steele's primary source for the lies contained throughout the Dirty Dossier came from Igor Danchenko, a Russian native who was hired by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. Its president, Strobe Talbott, was a college friend of Bill Clinton’s who worked in the Clinton State Department.
(This is what is known as a "deep state" connection. There are many in this story.)
At Brookings, Danchenko worked with Fiona Hill, later a member of President Trump’s National Security Council (and a key witness in the first Trump impeachment over the unrelated Ukraine controversy). It was through Hill that Danchenko became acquainted with Steele, who ran a London-based intelligence firm after leaving MI-6, the British spy service.
Durham has no interest in Danchenko's lies that were published in the Steele Dossier. Durham’s indictment focuses on two major lies that Danchenko allegedly told to the FBI.
One, he fabricated the claim that the president of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce informed him that, during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump was involved in a well-developed “conspiracy of cooperation” with the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The indictment says that this conversation never happened:
Two, Danchenko concealed that one of his sources for the information he provided to Steele was a longtime Democratic Party operative who was close to the Clintons. This source was revealed to be Chuck Dolan, a public relations executive who had Russian contacts. Dolan worked on both of Bill Clinton’s successful presidential campaigns and Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign.
Meanwhile, the FBI had insisted that the claims made in the Steel Dossier were true (although the FBI was never able to prove any of them). The Obama Justice Department brought the FBI’s sworn claims to the secret federal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) in October 2016. The warrant was granted, long after the wire-tapping took place. The FBI did not interview Danchenko, the main source for the dossier, until January 2017 — at which time the FBI brazenly obtained a second 90-day extension on the illegally-procured warrant.
It appears that Durham theorizes that the Trump-Russia collusion narrative was a political attack manufactured by the Clinton campaign. Relying on Danchenko, Steele compiled the reports for Glenn Simpson, co-founder of intelligence firm Fusion-GPS, which specializes in digging up political dirt. Fusion-GPS was retained for the Trump project by Perkins-Coie, the Clinton campaign’s law firm.
In September, Durham indicted former Perkins-Coie attorney Michael Sussmann for making a false statement to the FBI while peddling Trump-Russia allegations that the bureau eventually found unsubstantiated. Durham alleges that Sussmann concealed that he was working for the Clinton campaign as a tech executive who was hoping for an important government job if Clinton was elected.
Durham’s charging instruments suggest that the Clinton campaign used its agents to peddle the Trump-Russia rumors to the government and the media, then used the fact that Trump was being investigated as part of its campaign messaging.
So, Durham found another fall guy to charge, and he can now wind up his investigation. Case closed.
No need to worry about the FBI. They are untarnished by their duplicitous actions and will not be prosecuted for attempting to overthrow the 2016 Presidential Election. Neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton will face charges for their part in the operation. Robert Mueller, who ran a completely phony two-year investigation into the Russian Collusion that never happened, will never be heard from again. He will leave the millions he earned for the cover-up to his heirs. And certainly there will be no apologies to Russia. The damage done to Russia via the State Department was intentional and deliberate.
Don't expect to hear much about this in the US news media
And, really, what difference would it make, anyway?