Special counsel John Durham has asked a federal judge to issue 30 subpoenas for testimony in the October trial against Igor Danchenko, the British ex-spy who was Christopher Steele’s purported primary source for the bogus dossier. The infamous “pee-pee recordings hoax” is once again in the headlines.
The Steele dossier, a fictitious study written by Danchenko, was a favorite weapon of the left, used to undermine Trump and his allies.
Five counts of providing false statements to the FBI about the bogus dossier were brought against Danchenko.
Durham stated that FBI interviews with Danchenko “raised significant questions about the reliability of the Steele election reporting” and that Danchenko “contradicted the assertions of a ‘well-developed plot’ in” Steele’s dossier.
Durham’s brief court filing on Wednesday asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to issue “thirty subpoenas” for a “appearance before said Court in Alexandria, Virginia” beginning on October 11 “to testify for the United States.” “YOU ARE COMMANDED TO APPEAR” is printed on a copy of the blank subpoena. The possible witnesses are not identified.
“Danchenko, a Russian-born lawyer and researcher who has lived and worked in the Washington, D.C., area for many years, was indicted in November on a charge of lying to the bureau. The trial against him is Durham’s next big test,” the Washington Examiner reported.
The Steele Dossier was a bad deception from the outset, revealing the media’s willingness to promote false claims about Trump. After Danchenko was prosecuted, even NPR had to concede that the lapdog media had erred by publishing the false story.
From NPR Nov. 2021 report:
DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Right. So the dossier included a lot of accusations about Trump, a lot of salacious accusations about Trump’s sex life.
It was put together by a former British intelligence official for a consulting firm hired by Democrats. And it claimed that Russia had cultivated Trump as a target for years and that the Russians were likely blackmailing him.
The dossier alleged the Trump campaign was also conspiring with Russia in the 2016 election to damage Hillary Clinton. This dossier was misused by FBI agents to surveil a U.S. citizen. And a lot of the specific accusations in the dossier were even denied at the time. They looked shaky as time moved forward and have since been discredited, yet they echoed for several years.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
MARTINEZ: Now, the Justice Department has charged that key source for the dossier, Russian analyst Igor Danchenko, with lying the FBI. What does this mean for news stories that relied on his claims?
FOLKENFLIK: Well, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News and The Washington Post had explicitly based some reporting on Danchenko’s claims in the dossier. Each identified a Russian business figure with ties to Trump as the main source for Danchenko, seemingly giving the dossier greater credibility.
Federal prosecutors now say that Danchenko never spoke to that Russian figure and that he also relied on a PR consultant with ties to the Clintons who was spreading gossip. CONTINUE READING…