Federal agents arrested
SCOOP: 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.
Igor Danchenko, the primary researcher of a dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele, as part of Special Counsel John Durham’s probe into the origins of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation into former President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Danchenko was taken into custody on Thursday, the New York Times first reported. He was employed by Steele’s firm, Orbis Business International, but was previously investigatedduring the Obama administration as part of a probe into suspected Russian intelligence officers operating in Washington, DC. Before his time at Orbis, Danchenko worked as a Russia analyst at the liberal Brookings Institute, where he became known for accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of plagiarizing his economics dissertation.
The charges against Danchenko are not yet known, since Durham’s indictment is sealed.
Danchenko was first interviewed by the FBI in January 2017. During the interview, Danchenko contradicted many of the dossier’s key assertions, leading the FBI to conclude that “the reliability of the dossier was completely destroyed,” according to Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
However, Danchenko has defended his work on the Steele dossier, describing it as “raw intelligence from credible sources” in a 2020 interview with The Guardian. The dossier served as primary evidence for the FBI’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) warrant request for Trump campaign aide Carter Page, a Department of Justice Inspector General report found.
— Read on dailycaller.com/2021/11/04/igor-danchenko-arrested-christopher-steele-john-durham-fbi-trump/