WASHINGTON, DC- To the surprise of no one, it appears the FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies are taking their time releasing documents in the case against Igor Danchenko, accused of lying to investigators engaged in the probe of the Steele dossier and related Russia collusion hoax, the Washington Times reports, citing special counsel John Durham.
In a court filing, Durham asked U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga to extend the deadline imposed to turn over classified documents to Danchenko’s attorneys. He is asking for a one-month extension, which would move the deadline from May 13 to June 13.
Durham accused the FBI and other intelligence agencies of “slow walking” the declassification and release of some evidence, claiming that “recent world events” had interfered with their timely release, an obvious reference to Russia’s war with Ukraine.
“Some of the officials preparing and reviewing the documents at the FBI and intelligence agencies continue to be heavily engaged in matters related to overseas activities,” Durham wrote. “Nevertheless, the government is continuing to press the relevant authorities to produce documents in classified discovery as quickly as possible and on a rolling basis, and no later than the proposed deadline set forth below.”
Thus far, the government has provided Danchenko’s legal team some 5,000 classified documents and 61,000 unclassified documents, according to the filing. Durham noted that he’s turned over the bulk of the classified evidence.
Last year, Danchenko was charged with lying to the FBI about how he took information from disgraced former British spy Christopher Steele’s absurdly over-the-top dossier filled with since-debunked accusations tying former President Trump to Russia and Vladimir Putin. He is scheduled to go on trial in October.
According to prosecutors, the information gleaned by Danchenko was built on “exaggerations, rumors and outright lies,” the Times wrote. The indictment also alleges that Danchenko lied to Steele about how he was obtaining his information.
Danchenko stands accused of intentionally misleading the FBI when he denied in an interview that his primary information source for a portion of the dossier was Charles H. Dolan Jr., a former aide to the one and only Hillary Clinton. Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee lost to President Trump in what was described at the time as a shocker.
In an interesting twist from a few months back, a majority of Democrats wanted Hillary Clinton investigated for her part in the Russia collusion hoax. For more on that, we invite you to:
WASHINGTON, DC – A new TIPP poll shows that most Democrats want to see Hillary Clinton investigated for her part in the Russia collusion hoax during the 2016 presidential race.
The survey conducted by TechnoMetrica Institute of Policy and Politics in New Jersey last month polled 1,308 Americans amid Special counsel John Durham’s investigation into the handling of an FBI probe of alleged links between Donald Trump and Russia.
— the whiz (@whizgriz) February 16, 2022
Earlier this year, Durham accused a lawyer for the Democrats of sharing with the CIA in 2017 internet data allegedly showing Russian-made phones being used in the vicinity of the White House complex, as part of a broader effort to raise the intelligence community’s suspicions of Donald Trump’s ties to Russia shortly after he took office.
In a court filing on Friday, Durham claimed that Michael Sussmann, a Clinton campaign lawyer, spoke about internet data related to Trump in a meeting with a federal agency, which sources say was the CIA, more than five years ago.
Sussmann claimed the data “demonstrated that Trump and/or his associates were using supposedly rare, Russian-made wireless phones in the vicinity of the White House and other locations,” according to the filing.
Sussman has been indicted for lying about his work on the scheme for the Clinton campaign and attempting to link Trump to a Russian bank. He has pleaded not guilty.
Durham also stated in a legal filing Friday that he discovered Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign paid a Web firm to “infiltrate’’ servers at Trump Towers and the White House to try to tie Trump to Russia.
The revelations are reigniting questions about Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the Russia collusion fabrication.
Nearly three out of four of those responding to the TechnoMetrica Institute poll said they think it is important prosecutors investigate Clinton for her role in the scandal, along with her top campaign advisers.
That includes two-thirds, or 66 percent, of the Democrats polled who said they have been keeping up with the case, according to the New York Post.
A new poll says most Democrats want Hillary Clinton to be investigated over concerns that her 2016 campaign manufactured phony evidence in the Russiagate probe as a political dirty trick to smear Donald Trump. https://t.co/SETiBL9TDl
— Truth & Liberty Coalition (@TruthLibertyAWM) February 15, 2022
The poll shows a 20-point increase from one conducted in October, indicating the Durham probe may be having an impact on support for Clinton and the Democratic Party.
Sussmann is not the only close tie to Clinton to get wound up in the Durham investigation. Clinton campaign subcontractor Igor Danchenko has been charged for allegedly lying about the sourcing of the debunked Steele dossier, which tried to falsely claim Trump was a Kremlin agent.
According to Danchenko’s formal accusation, he completely fabricated the most serious allegations in the dossier. He was arrested in October and has pleaded not guilty.
Investigative reporter: Durham may be turning his attention to FBI in Russia collusion hoax probe
November 8, 2021
Editor note: The op-ed was written by a former chief of police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
WASHINGTON, DC- After what seemed like an eternity of waiting, former U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham’s probe into the Russia hoax may be starting to yield fruit.
Just weeks ago, Durham indicted Hillary Clinton’s lawyer Michael Sussmann for making false statements.
That was followed up last week with tie indictment of Igor Danchenko, believed to be the primary sub-source for disgraced former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who put together the fake dossier used as a basis for FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrants against then-Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Now, investigative reporter John Solomon believes the next focus of Durham’s investigation will be the FBI.
Appearing on Fox News program Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo, Solomon spoke about the Danchenko indictment and believes it may lead to Durham training focus on the FBI.
— Ray Watts (@raywatts) August 19, 2019
In reacting to the Danchenko indictment, Solomon notes that the primary basis used by the FBI to secure the FISA warrant was that “there was a well-developed conspiracy to work with Russia to hijack the  election,” which he noted is a “contrived statement.”
“The FBI indictment says it, Danchenko made that up. He claimed it came from the American Russian Chamber of Commerce official. He never met that guy; never talked to that guy.
Made up the entire line that becomes probably the single most important line in convincing a FISA court to give spy authority on the Trump campaign. This was a case built upon lie upon lie upon lie and every time we get a new indictment, we learn of new lies. It’s remarkable,” Solomon said.
Bartiromo then asked Solomon where he thought Durham would turn now, noting he had published a piece suggesting it might be the FBI.
Solomon noted that Durham had basically been focused on what he referred to as “two sort of buckets,” one being the last two indictments (of Danchenko and Sussmann), asking the question “did people around Hillary Clinton knowingly and willfully give false information to the FBI to cause them to proceed with the investigation?” He noted both the Sussmann and Danchenko indictments stemmed from that question.
Now focusing on the FBI, Solomon said Durham needs to ask “did the FBI knowingly and willfully mislead the court and Congress about the weaknesses in their evidence or the lack of evidence or the serious problems that they were alerted to in this investigation?”
Solomon also said that this portion of the investigation is “very active.” He noted that thus far, one indictment stemmed from that portion of the probe, former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith, to which he pleaded guilty.
For his part, former President Trump says Durham’s indictments are “just the early building blocks,” telling Fox News in an exclusive interview that Durham’s findings are “only going to get deeper and deeper” and that it “all leads back to the Democrats.”
Trump says 'hats off' to Special Counsel Durham, predicts indictments are 'early building blocks'https://t.co/sc7BMiyKks
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 8, 2021
In addressing the indictment of Danchenko, Trump told Fox:
“It really has come out. In all fairness, while it has taken a long time, hats off to John Durham.”
“Hats off, because, it’s coming out, and it is coming out at a level—Durham has come out with things that are absolutely amazing,” the former president said. “We all sort of knew what happened, and now we have the facts, and I think they’re only going to get deeper and deeper—and it al leads back to the Democrats, Hillary and the dirty lawyers.”
Trump then turned his target to Hillary Clinton’s lawyers, saying that they were “always after Trump” while calling it a “disgrace, but people understand that.”
Last Thursday, Durham said his investigation is “ongoing.”
“Those are big things that are happening, and what it really shows is what a hoax it was,” Trump told Fox News. “What happened here is incredible, going on for years, and we still did more than any administration, just about ever.”
Trump then went on to list a litany of accomplishments of his administration, including his tax cut, rebuilding the military, cutting regulations.
“Nobody has done what we’ve done,” Trump concluded.
Prior to leaving the Trump administration in December 2020, former Attorney General William Barr appointed Durham as special counsel to continue his investigation through the Biden administration.
In appointing Durham, Barr said he is:
“authorized to investigate whether any federal official, employee, or any other person or entity violated the law in connection with the intelligence, counter-intelligence, or law-enforcement activities directed at the 2016 presidential campaigns, individuals associated with those campaigns, and individuals associated with the administration of President Donald J. Trump, including but not limited to Crossfire Hurricane and the investigation of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.”
As we always say, follow the money and that includes in the Russia collusion probe. In case you missed it, here is a story we did about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ties to a company involved in the hoax.
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