Durham Shocker: Danchenko Was A Paid FBI Informant


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Igor Danchenko is a Russian citizen and U.S. resident who currently works as a Eurasia political risk, defense, and economics analyst.

Danchenko has been indicted for making false statements to the FBI.

Today, Special Counsel John Durham moved to unseal a motion in the false statements case against Igor Danchenko.

This motion provides new information on the details of Danchenko’s lies to the FBI, how Special Counsel Mueller ignored Danchenko’s false statements, expected testimony from Clinton-connected executive Charles Dolan, and more.

Danchenko was on the FBI payroll as a confidential human source (CHS) from March 2017 through October 2020.

Internal problems occurred with the Crossfire Hurricane investigation problems, including claims of Trump/Russia collusion proven unverified or outright false and the Carter Page FISA applications which relied on the Steele Reports, The Reactionary analyzes.

Realizing its own misconduct, the FBI made Danchenko a paid CHS in March 2017 – just before the third FISA warrant was submitted in April 2017.

This would allow Comey’s FBI to work directly with Danchenko in support of its counter-intelligence investigation against President Trump.

Danchenko being a CHS also protected the Bureau and the Mueller Special Counsel from revealing their “sources and methods.”

Here’s a brief timeline of the Danchenko interviews and other important events:

  • October 2016: The first Carter Page FISA warrant is submitted to the FISC.
  • January 12, 2017: The application for the second FISA warrant is submitted to the FISC.
  • January 24-25, 2017: Danchenko is first interviewed by the FBI. At those meetings, he made false statements that he spoke to Sergei Millian by phone and that Millian agreed to meet him in New York. Both those claims were false.
  • March 2017: Danchenko is hired by the FBI as a CHS.
  • March 16, 2017: Danchenko lies to FBI agents that “he received a late July 2016 telephone call from an individual who Danchenko believed was ‘probably’ [Millian”], when in truth and in fact, and as the defendant well knew, [Millian] never called Danchenko.”
  • April 7, 2017: The application for the third FISA warrant is submitted to the FISC.
  • May 9, 2017: President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey.
  • May 17, 2017: Robert Mueller is appointed Special Counsel.
  • May 18, 2017: Danchenko falsely states to FBI agents that he “‘was under the impression’ that a late July 2016 telephone call he received was from [Millian’]” when in fact Millian never called Danchenko.
  • June 15, 2017: Danchenko lies to FBI agents that he had never “spoken with PR Executive-1” (Dolan) about the dossier allegations.
  • June 29, 2017: The application for the fourth FISA warrant is submitted to the FISC.
  • October 24, 2017: Danchenko lies to FBI agents, stating that he had spoken to Millian “on the telephone on more than one occasion.”
  • November 16, 2017: Danchenko lies to the FBI against, stating “he had spoken to [Millian] on the telephone” when he knew he never did.
  • December 9, 2019: The Horowitz report is released, detailing the DOJ/FBI/Mueller FISA abuse.
  • October 19, 2020: John Durham is appointed Special Counsel.
  • October 2020: Danchenko is terminated as a CHS

Regarding today’s Motion in Limine; when the Steele Reports were released, the media picked up on the most salacious rumors, one that was utterly unbelievable: that Russian intelligence had a video of Trump involved with prostitutes at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Also known as the “pee tape.”

The allegation came from Danchenko, who attributed it to his sources – one from the Ritz-Carlton, and another being Sergei Millian.

Durham will refute it, as it expects to call at trial “Bernd Kuhlen,” the then-general manager of the Ritz-Carlton, who will deny speaking with or ever meeting Danchenko “in June 2016, or at any time.”

As to Sergei Millian (more on him later), Durham will show that Danchenko falsely stated to the FBI that this information from Millian “came from a single ten, or fifteen-minute anonymous phone call that allegedly took place in late-July 2016.” That timing is of particular importance, as explained by Durham:

Danchenko made false statements about Charles Dolan, an influential Democrat executive with ties to the Clintons.

It was Dolan who was given a tour of the Ritz-Carlton Presidential Suite, which was the supposed location of “Trump’s alleged lurid sexual activities.”

In fact, Dolan is expected to testify at trial. According to Durham:

“The Government anticipates that Mr. Dolan will testify that (1) it was he and Mr. Kupka who attended a lunch with the Ritz-Carlton general manager and other hotel staff during the June 2016 Moscow trip and that [Danchenko] was not present, and (2) neither Donald Trump nor his purported sexual practices were ever discussed at that lunch. Further, the Government also anticipates that Mr. Dolan will testify that Ritz-Carlton hotel staff did, in fact, provide the aforementioned tour of the presidential suite as part of the June 2016 trip and that, again, Donald Trump and his purported sexual practices were not discussed during that tour.”

Background on the Danchenko indictment and what the FBI knew about Danchenko’s Clinton connections includes Danchenko’s indictment for multiple false statements given to federal officials during the Trump/Russia investigation.

Durham also plans to introduce:

“Evidence that Danchenko “on multiple occasions communicated and emailed with, among others, Charles Dolan regarding his work for [Christopher] Steele and Orbis.”

“Evidence that proves Dolan was aware of [Danchenko’s] reporting was part of a ‘related project against Trump’ and that this work was being done on behalf of Steele and Orbis.”

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