Steele Dossier Analyst Arrested
Huge update in the Durham probe.
One of the main source for the Steele dossier, Igor Danchenko, has been arrested according to a report from the New York Times.
WHOA: Authorities Arrest Analyst Who Contributed to Steele Dossier
“Igor Danchenko, a Russia analyst who worked with Christopher Steele…was taken into custody as part of the Durham investigation.”
It was the Dems who actually colluded w/Russians. https://t.co/MjYkL8UrTA
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) November 4, 2021
Federal authorities on Thursday arrested an analyst who in 2016 gathered leads about possible links between Donald J. Trump and Russia for what turned out to be Democratic-funded opposition research, according to people familiar with the matter.
The arrest of the analyst, Igor Danchenko, is part of the special counsel inquiry led by John H. Durham, who was appointed by the Trump administration to scrutinize the Russia investigation for any wrongdoing, the people said.
Mr. Danchenko, was the primary researcher of the so-called Steele dossier, a compendium of rumors and unproven assertions suggesting that Mr. Trump and his 2016 campaign were compromised by and conspiring with Russian intelligence officials in Moscow’s covert operation to help him defeat Hillary Clinton.
The people familiar with the matter spoke on condition of anonymity because the indictment of Mr. Danchenko had yet to be unsealed. A spokesman for Mr. Durham did not respond to a request for comment.
Christopher Steele’s dossier partner-in-crime just got arrested as part of Durham’s probe into the FBI’s role in interfering in the 2016 election on behalf of the Clinton campaign. https://t.co/IV62mHV9Iy
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 4, 2021
The article doesn’t explain why he was arrested but potentially huge development in the Russian collusion hoax https://t.co/NHLwTcMR38
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) November 4, 2021
Igor Danchenko met with an official in the Russian Ministry of energy and a journalist friend in Russia during a crucial point in the dossier saga.
In June 2016, a month that is key to the origin story of the Steele dossier, the primary source for that salacious document met with an official in the Russian ministry of energy and a journalist friend in Russia, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
Igor Danchenko, a Russia analyst who worked for Christopher Steele, met with Sergey Abyshev, who was then a deputy director in the energy ministry, and Ivan Vorontsov, the editor-in-chief of a Russian finance website, according to a Facebook post by Vorontsov and confirmation from Abyshev.
It is not entirely clear what relevance the rendezvous might have to the dossier, but it helps fill in the timeline of Danchenko’s interactions and movements at a critical stage in the development of the provocative report.
At the time of the meeting, Danchenko was well at work for Steele collecting information about Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia.
Here is the indictment:
#Durham NEW Indictment: Alleging “Igor Danchenko made false statements regarding sources of certain information he provided to a U.K. investigative firm (Steele dossier) that was then included in reports prepared by the investigative firm + subsequently passed (2016) to the FBI.” pic.twitter.com/PbZQPwpWLO
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) November 4, 2021
We will update this as we learn more….