Wednesday, December 8, 2021

US accuses Russian analyst of contributing to ‘steel dossier’

A US federal grand jury has indicted a Russian analyst who contributed to a “steel dossier” alleging possible links between Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and Russia, a special investigation investigating the matter. prosecutors said on Thursday.

John Durham, a special prosecutor appointed by the US Justice Department during Trump’s administration, said analyst Igor Danchenko is accused of making false statements to the FBI about the sources of material he gave to a British firm that prepared the dossier .

At a brief hearing on Thursday in Alexandria, Virginia, US Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan ordered Danchenko to be released on $100,000 unsecured bail after her lawyer told the court that he lives with his family in Virginia.

Danchenko’s lawyer indicated that his client would not plead guilty to the charges, although his plea was not formally filed. A prosecutor said that, if convicted, Danchenko could face up to five years in prison for each of his indictments.

The indictment alleges that between June and November 2017, Danchenko made false statements about the sources of certain information provided to a British investigative firm that Durham did not identify.

Sources identified the firm to Reuters as being linked to former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. The dossier, which was circulated to the FBI and media outlets before the November 2016 election, contained the still-unsubstantiated claim that Russia provided shameful information about Trump and some of his Republican campaign advisers and that Moscow would defeat its Democratic was working behind the scenes for Rival Hillary Clinton.

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The indictment alleges that Danchenko made false statements about information he said he had received from an anonymous caller who claimed the Kremlin may have been helping Trump get elected. It says that Danchenko knew the information to be untrue. Danchenko’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Two sources familiar with Durham’s activities said he had issued summons to seek evidence from multiple sources, including those associated with Fusion GPS, the Washington investigative firm that commissioned the dossier.

Steele is a former British intelligence officer who designed the dossier for Fusion GPS, working for a law firm representing the Democratic Party and Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Steele declined to comment in an email message.

One of the sources familiar with Durham’s activities said Fusion GPS was not the target of Durham’s investigation. Steele had previously refused to cooperate with investigators working for Durham.


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