Arrest of Steele dossier source points to depth of Clinton ties to Russia hoax

In a sign of hope that real accountability may be coming for those who perpetrated the Russia collusion hoax against former President Donald Trump, an indictment was issued against a man who served as a main source for the discredited Steele dossier, which formed the basis of the original narrative, as Gregg Jarrett of Fox News reports.

Igor Danchenko, 43, was arrested by federal authorities on charges that include five counts of making false statements to the FBI concerning information he ultimately gave to former British spy Christopher Steele to help build a document intended to harm the Trump campaign ahead of the 2016 election.

Jarrett points out that contrary to prior characterizations, Danchenko was not a shadowy agent out of Russia, but rather a U.S. resident from Ukraine who was employed at the liberal Brookings Institution, which at the time was led by staunch Hillary Clinton ally Strobe Talbott.

Indeed, Jarrett adds, the Clinton connections ran deep, because it was the former first lady and then-presidential candidate’s campaign that was responsible for creating the Russia collusion narrative as a pretext for undermining Trump’s run for the White House, a fact of which the CIA was aware, but which its director as well as then-FBI Director James Comey kept secret.

Danchenko had admitted to the FBI that he had been paid by Steele to come up with compromising information on Trump, but that he always cautioned the former spy that any dirt he passed along was unconfirmed speculation and barroom rumors, but that did not prevent the material from ultimately making its way into the dossier, serving as the dishonest basis for securing warrants to surveil Trump staffer Carter Page, and being exploited by journalists eager to sink the upstart candidacy.

In Jarrett’s view, Special Counsel John Durham – often criticized for the seemingly slow pace of progress in his probe – deserves praise for persevering and painstakingly building a case against those responsible for “the dirtiest political trick ever perpetrated in American politics.”

Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, writing for the New York Post, is similarly impressed and agrees that the Danchenko indictment offers strong support for the notion that Durham really does have his sights trained on any and all members of the Clinton campaign who took part in the plot to ruin Trump.

As McCarthy reminds his readers, back in September, a false statement charge was levied against Michael Sussman, a former attorney for the Clinton-linked Perkins Coie law firm. It is alleged that when bringing claims about a Trump-Russia connection to the FBI, Sussman claimed that he was not working on behalf of any particular client, but it was later revealed that he was in fact advocating for the Clinton campaign, a revelation that bolsters existing suspicions about the degree of its involvement.

Though waiting to see the complete picture Durham is painting with each successive indictment has been a frustrating experience for many, if the seasoned prosecutor ultimately succeeds in bringing the architects of this disgraceful episode in American political history to justice, it will have been well worth it.