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Former members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign are under investigation for their possible roles in the Trump-Russia collusion allegations.
Special counsel John Durham informed a federal court about the actions he is taking in the criminal probe into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.
Newsmax reported that:
Durham’s team requested that a judge “inquire into a potential conflict of interest” connected to the lawyers for British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s main anti-Trump dossier source, Igor Danchenko, pointing out that a separate lawyer at their firm “is currently representing the 2016 ‘Hillary for America’ presidential campaign, as well as multiple former employees of that campaign, in matters before the special counsel.”
Danchenko was charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI.
Durham’s indictment said Danchenko, a U.S.-based and Russian-born researcher, made these statements about the information he provided to Steele for his dossier, which the FBI relied upon when seeking authority for the secret surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide but which now has been discredited.
The attorneys who took over as Danchenko’s lawyers this month told Judge Anthony Trenga of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that Durham’s team was raising questions about Robert Trout, who is of counsel at their firm and previously represented Clinton campaign members, but insisted there is no conflict of interest.
Durham’s team said that there are 5 topics that may become relevant to Danchenko’s defense. They are:
- “The Clinton campaign’s knowledge or lack of knowledge concerning the veracity of information” in the Steele dossier;
- “The Clinton campaign’s awareness or lack of awareness” of Danchenko’s “collection methods” for the dossier;
- “Meetings or communications” between the Clinton campaign and Steele about Danchenko;
- “The defendant’s knowledge or lack of knowledge regarding the Clinton campaign’s role in” the dossier;
- “The extent to which the Clinton campaign and/or its representatives directed, solicited, or controlled” Danchenko’s actions, according to the Washington Examiner.
Durham noted that:
“On each of these issues, the interests of the Clinton Campaign and the defendant might diverge. For example, the Clinton Campaign and the defendant each might have an incentive to shift blame and/or responsibility to the other party for any allegedly false information that was contained within the Company Reports and/or provided to the FBI.”
Durham’s team is hinting that Clinton’s former campaign staff members will be called to testify and that that could lead to a potential conflict. He said that the defense law firm likely “already has obtained privileged information” from the Clinton campaign regarding Danchenko and the Steele dossier.
The Washington Examiner’s report continued:
Trout represented former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta during his December 2017 appearance before the House Intelligence Committee, though Trout was at another firm. When Podesta appeared before the same committee in June that year, he had been represented by Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias, who had hired the opposition firm Fusion GPS, which then contracted Steele to conduct his anti-Trump research.
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded in December 2019 that Steele’s dossier played a “central and essential” role in the FBI’s effort to obtain wiretap orders against former Trump campaign associate Carter Page. The DOJ watchdog determined the FBI’s investigation was filled with serious missteps and errors and concealed potentially exculpatory information from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The inspector general said Danchenko undermined Steele’s claims of a “well-developed conspiracy” between former President Donald Trump and Russia.
It’s high time we got to the bottom of who started the Trump-Russia collusion hoax and that they are made to pay for it.