New reports hitting the internet stated that the analyst who is considered to be the primary researcher for the infamous Steele dossier was arrested by federal authorities on Thursday.
Igor, Danchenko, 42, was arrested as part of the investigation being led by Special Counsel John Durham. Danchenko, who is both a citizen of Russia and a resident of Virginia, has been charged with “five counts of making false statements to the FBI,” according to a new release that issued recently from the office of the special counsel.
Durham’s office added that the charges in the indictment stemmed from statements made by Danchenko relating to the sources he used in providing information to a United Kingdom investigative firm that prepared what are identified in the indictment as “Company Reports.”
Danchenko’s arrest was first reported by The New York Times. Durham was appointed by former Attorney General William Barr to probe the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
A new round of subpoenas came after Durham charged Hillary Clinton’s former campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann in an indictment alleging he lied to federal investigators in September 2016, when he gave them data that he claimed showed a connection between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank in Russia. The phony Steele dossier was created as part of a Democrat effort to discredit former President Donald Trump’s election victory.
Danchenko was the primary researcher of the Steele dossier, a compilation of rumors and unproven assertions. He provided information to British ex-spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the accusations about Trump in a series of reports.
Steele then went on to state that the reports were based on information that he obtained from an individual he referred to as the “primary sub-source,” which turned out to be Danchenko, folks close to the situation told The Washington Post.
Steele then presented the dossier to people over at the FBI, who then turned around and used the information to help secure secret surveillance court orders that targeted former Trump adviser Carter Page.
The report from the Post went on to detail how a report released from the inspector general discovered that Danchenko was desperately trying to distance himself from the whole fiasco concerning the dossier when the FBI later questioned him about some of the allegations included in the file. He then stated that the dossier overstated the information that he gave to Steele.