A shocking filing by Special Counsel John Durham unsealed Tuesday revealed that the FBI paid Igor Danchenko as a “confidential human source” (CHS). These payments were made while former President Donald Trump was being investigated by the agency.
Danchenko was the source of some of the most audacious claims in the now debunked Steele Dossier. The Russian national was charged last year as part of the Durham investigation into the federal government’s Trump-Russia probe.
Tuesday’s filing revealed that the agency hired Danchenko after conducting an interview with him about work on the dossier.
The unsealing came as part of Durham’s prosecution of Danchenko for lying to the FBI during its investigation of the explosive claims of Trump’s alleged connections with the Kremlin. Those connections, of course, turned out to be bogus.
Former British spy Christopher Steele compiled the accusations based in large part on Danchenko’s claims. The false accusations were taken as truth by many who promoted them as a salacious scandal from the former president.
Now Durham says that Danchenko was paid by the FBI from 2017-2020 as part of its “Operation Crossfire Hurricane,” which investigated the false allegations of Trump’s collusion with Russia.
The FBI caught Steele primary subsource Igor Danchenko in a number of lies.
What did the FBI do in response?
It signed Danchenko up as a paid FBI confidential human source.
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) September 13, 2022
Robert Mueller’s much-hyped investigation uncovered nothing of substance and faded away.
The internet investigator who writes as Techno Fog on Substack surmised that Danchenko could have been a paid CHS to stop him from revealing that the FBI and Mueller knew that the Steele Dossier was patently false.
Danchenko notoriously worked for the left-leaning Brookings Institute over a decade ago and was investigated in 2009 after a colleague reported that Danchenko asked if he’d be willing to sell classified information. That probe ended in 2011 when the Russian national left the country.
The FBI said its relationship with Danchenko ended in 2020.
The Steele Dossier was found to be riddled with claims that were either unverified or false, and Danchenko was knee-deep in many of the most shocking assertions. He was also accused of pushing the Russian election interference smokescreen through funding from the Clinton campaign.