“To my good friend … a great democrat. “Those words written to a Russian figure in Moscow, inside a copy of a Hillary clintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton National Defense & Security Overnight – Washington gathers for Colin Powell’s funeral. autobiography, may be the defining line of a special attorney John durhamJohn Durham The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – House sprints for Build Back Better, Infrastructure Votes Today Investigator of Steele’s File Defendant in Durham Investigation Andrew McCabe’s Agreement with the Justice Department is a signal to John Durham MOREthe investigation. The message was reportedly written by Charles Dolan, a close Clinton adviser and campaign regular who news reports identify as the mysterious “PR-Executive 1” in Durham’s latest indictment, this time from Igor Danchenko.
Danchenko, 43, was a key figure in compiling the infamous Steele dossier that led to the now-discredited investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential race. But Danchenko, a Russian émigré living in the United States, it seems unlikely that he is the main defendant in the Durham investigation. In fact, Durham describes him at points more as an accomplice than a spy, an “investigator” who was fed what to report by Clinton agents like Dolan.
Durham is known as a methodical, apolitical, and ruthless prosecutor. So far, his work appears to betray the belief that the FBI was fooled by the Clinton campaign to investigate Trump’s team. The question is whether Durham really wants to charge only the figurative tail if he can catch the entire dog, a question that may now weigh heavily on various Washington figures, just as it did after Durham’s September impeachment of the campaign attorney. of Clinton, Michael Sussmann. .
Danchenko’s indictment On five counts of lying to the FBI he has two obvious purposes. First, these charges, with a possible possibility of five years in prison each, are enough to focus the mind of any defendant on the possibility of recourse to the prosecution. Second, accusing Danchenko “lifts the wretch” for potential targets to see and consider there, but by the grace of God, and Durham, they go.
The substantive details of Durham’s three indictments so far have assembled an impressive list of “great democrats” who contributed directly or indirectly to the creation of the Russia collusion scandal. Indeed, the collusion case is increasingly taking on a “murder on the Orient Express” feel, in which all suspects may be found guilty. While the statute of limitations may protect some, Durham has shown that it can use the crime of lying to federal investigators (18 USC 1001) as a practical alternative. Targets must admit to past misconduct or face a new charge.
Thus, Durham clearly appears to be meticulously arguing that the Steele dossier was a political success orchestrated by Clinton agents. His latest accusation connects Danchenko with various figures and intriguing groups that, in turn, are linked to the Clinton campaign.
Former British spy Christopher Steele himself has been interviewed extensively by researchers over the years, a long track record that carries inherent risks of contradiction. In particular, Steele recently defended his file in a strange interview. Although he admits that it could have been used by Russian intelligence for misinformation, he stood by the beads of its more sensational details, such as Trump’s “gold shower tape,” despite Durham’s findings to the contrary.
Dolan is the latest direct connection between the campaign and the infamous Steele dossier to emerge in the Durham investigation. Dolan not only had close ties to the Clintons but also the Russians; he and the public relations firm where he worked had represented the Russian government and registered as foreign agents for Russia.
Durham alleges that it was Dolan, not Russian sources, who gave Danchenko key allegations to include in Steele’s file, including some of his most lewd claims. Dolan is described as travel to Moscow to meet with Russian officials that they paid their company. The connection is notable because US intelligence believed that the sources used in the file were, in fact, Russian agents and that the file may have been a vehicle for Russian intelligence to spread misinformation. However, Dolan reportedly admitted “Manufacturing” facts given to Danchenko. Dolan’s attorney now describes him as a “witness” in the investigation..
Danchenko worked for several years at the Brookings Institution, a leading liberal think tank in Washington, as an analyst on Russian and Eurasian affairs and, as a result, Brookings figures prominently in this latest indictment. Around 2010, another Brookings employee he had introduced Danchenko to Steele, who subsequently hired him as a contract researcher.
Steele testified in London in a 2019 defamation lawsuit that he had disclosed some of the details of his file to Strobe Talbott, then president of Brookings. Talbott had his own long-standing ties to Clinton. Among them, he was ambassador-general and undersecretary of state during the Clinton presidency; When Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, Talbott was appointed chairman of the State Department’s foreign affairs advisory board.
Then there is Hillary Clinton herself. Steele has also testified that he understood that Clinton was aware of his work and the development of the file. However, during the campaign and long afterward, Clinton never admitted that her campaign funded the dossier, despite media and congressional inquiries about that fact. Nothing less than an official than the campaign president John podestaJohn Podesta Huawei paid Tony Podesta 0K for lobbying the White House What the Biden administration should look like to Sanders for Clinton’s top adviser: ‘There’s always room at Bernie 2016’ MORE denied any connection in testimony before Congress.
More importantly, before the Steele file was turned over to the FBI and the press, the then CIA director John brennanJohn Owen Brennan Latest NASA Chief Official Bill Nelson Suggests UFOs Have Otherworldly Origins Next CIA Mission: Strategic Competition with China and Russia Clinton Attorney Indictment Reveals ‘Bag of Tricks’ PLUS informed President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrucker Ousts Former New Jersey Senate Speaker By Spending Next To Nothing: Here’s How Florida Republicans Outperform Democrats On First-Time Voter Registration Xi Jinping Of China Won’t Give Up His Power Anytime Soon MORE on Clinton’s alleged “plan” to tie the candidate Donald trumpDonald TrumpNASCAR seeks to distance itself from Republican rallying cry ‘Come on, Brandon’ Jan. 6 panel weighs contempt after brief statement to former Trump Justice Department official Clark Broken promises: Veterans health care is being replaced by the private sector MORE to Russia as “a means to distract the public from its use of a private email server.”
Now, with the Danchenko indictment, Dolan’s name has been added to a seemingly growing string of Clinton associates whom Durham has referenced in the unfolding of the Russia collusion scandal.
Again, it is not known whether Durham has suspicions or evidence of criminal conduct against anyone other than Danchenko. But at the very least, many other figures are likely to appear largely in the conclusions of the special counsel’s final investigative report, if many of the details of the allegations to date are any indication.
However, one thing is clear: too many “great Democrats” continue to appear in the Durham investigation.
Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. You can find their updates on Twitter. @JonathanTurley.