New reports indicate the FBI failed to conduct a transparent investigation of the Steele dossier, which suggested the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential elections.
The latest information came into the spotlight ahead of Igor Danchenko’s trial, a Russian official who is one of the sources of the Steele dossier. He’s accused of lying to the FBI about Trump’s relationship with the Russian government.
FBI Closed Investigations Prematurely
Michael Keilty, the prosecutor working in the office of special counsel John Durham, revealed the FBI closed investigations against Danchenko, believing he left America at a time when he was present in the country.
The FBI only closed the investigations prematurely because it was unable to find any information regarding the whereabouts of Danchenko, Keilty added.
Likewise, Keilty asserted the investigations against Danchenko are important, since the FBI needs to find out the credibility of the anti-Trump dossier.
According to Keilty, many FBI officials believe the dossier against Trump is a part of Russian disinformation. Furthermore, Keilty argued the FBI agents believed the counterintelligence investigations against Danchenko were important.
Denchenko’s handlers were not informed about those investigations, due to miscommunication between different investigators and Danchenko’s handlers.
So now, Danchenko’s handlers will need to testify they were not informed about the counterintelligence investigations against their client, Keilty added.
Even though Danchenko knew the original sources of the anti-Trump dossier, Keilty continued, he lied to the FBI. He knew the FBI would continue its counterintelligence investigations after knowing the true souce of the anti-Trump dossier.
“Igor Danchenko…is accused of lying to the FBI about how he obtained the info that ultimately made its way into the “Steele dossier”… https://t.co/W3P7kJ0Aad
— blmohr (@blmohr) September 30, 2022
Danchenko Receives Backlash from GOP Lawmakers
During the back-and-forth argument between Keilty and Justice Anthony Trenga, the judge continued to press the prosecutor. Keilty maintained the FBI’s counterintelligence investigations would have exposed Danchenko’s lies to the FBI.
Now, Justice Trenga will decide whether the arguments from the previous counterintelligence case against Danchenko should be entertained in this case or not.
Previously, Durham revealed Danchenko remained involved in the 2009-2011 counterintelligence investigation of the FBI, which the federal agency mistakenly closed after believing Danchenko left the United States.
The special counsel is now seeking to use the findings of previous investigations in the latest trial of Danchenko.
To understand the state of disrepair of our national security & law enforcement apparatus, look to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's contrasting treatment of Russian disinformation-spinner Igor Danchenko, and whistleblowing Special Agent Steven Friend https://t.co/8voO25mi1k
— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) September 23, 2022
Reportedly, Danchenko lied to the FBI about a phone call, which he claimed he received from Belarusian-American businessman, Sergei Millian.
In the phone call, Danchenko claimed Millian told him Trump cooperated with the Russian government in the 2016 elections. Durham argues these claims of Millian are not true at all.
This is not the first time Danchenko is receiving criticism from conservative political stakeholders.
Many Republican senators, including Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley, slammed the FBI for hiring Danchenko against Trump by spending the money of American taxpayers.
The senators also asked the FBI and the DOJ to release all of their transaction details to Danchenko.
This article appeared in The State Today and has been published here with permission.