13 November, 2021

Durham Investigation Keeps Netting Little Fish, but They’re Getting Bigger

This one has huge implications.

Althouse: "Igor Danchenko, a Russia analyst who worked with Christopher Steele, the author of a dossier of rumors and unproven assertions about Donald J. Trump, was taken into custody as part of the Durham investigation."

Dangchenko was Steele’s source. This taints the entire Steele Dossier and those who funded it.

The NYT reports.

Some claims from the Steele dossier made their way into an F.B.I. wiretap application targeting a former Trump campaign adviser in October 2016. Other portions of it — particularly a salacious claim about a purported sex tape — caused a political and media firestorm when Buzzfeed published the materials in January 2017, shortly before Mr. Trump was sworn in....F.B.I. agents interviewed Mr. Danchenko in 2017 when they were seeking to run down the claims in the dossier....

Mr. Steele’s efforts were part of opposition research that Democrats were indirectly funding by the time the 2016 general election took shape. Mr. Steele’s business intelligence firm was a subcontractor to another research firm, Fusion GPS, which in turn had been hired by the Perkins Coie law firm, which was working for the Hillary Clinton campaign.

More on this in the days to come. I imagine this arrest has made some people in Washington, D.C. very nervous.

This is still a somewhat little fish. The news of it made The New York Times, but you can be certain they won’t spend much effort on analysis of the broader implications. But it clearly shows that Durham is still working and making real progress.

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