FBI Will Laud Steele Report Source’s Efforts As a Paid Insider, Says Danchenko

Igor Danchenko stated the FBI will commend his job as a paid informant.

This comes as the primary source for the discredited dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele is scheduled to appear in court next week. He’ll appear on charges of making false statements because he supposedly repeatedly lied to authorities. 

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Danchenko worked for the FBI as a confidential human source from March 2017 until October 2020. However, in November 2021, he was arrested and charged with five charges of providing false information to the bureau.

During that time, Danchenko was paid by the FBI. His trial begins on Tuesday; he has entered a not-guilty plea to the accusations brought against him by the special counsel John Durham.

Critical To The Authorities?

In court filings, his defense attorneys stated they expect the jury to hear Mr. Danchenko was a critical source of information to the United States authorities during the duration of his partnership.

The administration relied upon him to establish other cases and open other inquests.

In the indictment filed by Durham, it is stated Danchenko told lies to the FBI about the emergence of a telephone conversation he asserts he received in the 2016 summer from Sergei Millian, an American-born citizen in Belarus.

The Steele source had claimed that Millian had told him about a conspiracy of the partnership between Trump and the Russians; however, the special counsel stated this allegation is false.

Danchenko is also accused of passing along a falsified assertion about Trump 2016 election director Paul Manafort to Hillary Clinton friend Chuck Dolan.

Dolan spent years working for Russian enterprises and the Russian authorities, including in 2016. Danchenko is believed to have done this anonymously. 

In spite of these allegations of lying, Danchenko remained employed by the FBI for several years as a classified human source. 

Counterintelligence Investigations 

The special counsel mentioned in the past how Danchenko was the focus of an FBI counterintelligence inquiry from 2009 to 2011 as a potential threat to the national security of the United States.

The special counsel sought the findings from that inquiry, which uncovered links between the accused and Russian intelligence agents, to be used at trial. 

This week, Durham’s request to have Judge Anthony Trenga, presiding over the Danchenko case, look into the matter was turned down. 

The FBI counterintelligence synopsis stated the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane squad, which was trying to investigate claims of Trump-Russia collusion, established Danchenko as the main source for Steele’s dossier.

It also became cognizant of the prior counterintelligence inquiry into the Russian in December 2016. 

After Perkins Coie and Marc Elias, the chief counsel for Clinton’s campaign, hired opposition research firm Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele was brought on board to compile the dossier.

Fusion GPS commissioned Steele’s work.

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