Judge Rules Against Defendant’s Request for Dismissal in Durham Case
The source of salacious claims in the infamous Steele Dossier used against former President Donald Trump has a slick lawyer. The lawyer almost persuaded a federal judge to dismiss five counts of lying to the FBI lodged against his client.
District Court Judge Anthony Trenga of the Eastern District of Virginia Thursday denied a motion to dismiss charges against Igor Danchenko.
Special counsel John Durham was appointed by former Attorney General William Barr in the waning days of the Trump administration. Barr appointed Durham as special counsel to ensure the incoming Biden administration did not shut down his investigation.
Barr’s October 2019 order appointing Durham authorized the special counsel to investigate whether any federal official or employee was engaged in unlawful intelligence or law enforcement activities directed at the 2016 presidential campaign. Barr specifically alluded to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation and Robert Mueller’s investigation.
British spy Christopher Steele included false information provided him by sources that included Danchenko, a Russian analyst he previously worked with. The Russian was the source for the lie that Russian intelligence services had a tape of Trump urinating on prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room. Danchenko claimed they used the alleged tape as leverage to blackmail the New York real estate mogul running for president.