The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) paid Igor Danchenko, the source of the most salacious claims in the fraudulent “Steele dossier,” as a “confidential human source” (CHS) during the years President Donald Trump was making the subject of an investigation.
A file unsealed on Tuesday by special counsel John Durham in his lawsuit against Danchenko for lying to the FBI notes that he was the source of former British spy Christopher Steele in his compilation of the ‘file’ – including the claim that there was a so-called “pee tape” of Trump cavorting with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel and asking them to urinate on a bed that then-President Barack Obama had slept on. Many prominent Democrats — including 2019-20 impeachment advocate and current congressional candidate Daniel S. Goldman — have promoted these claims and proclaimed that a “pee gang” actually exists.
Durham claims Danchenko was listed as a CHS by the FBI during “Operation Crossfire Hurricane,” its investigation into Trump’s alleged “collusion” with Russia. He remained CHS during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s unsuccessful investigation.
One observer, writing on the ‘technofog’ blog on Substack, speculated that Danchenko may have been retained as a paid CHS to prevent him from revealing that the FBI (and Mueller) knew the information in the ‘dossier’ were false, even as the FBI used it to obtain electronic surveillance warrants against Trump’s foreign policy aide, Carter Page, who had done nothing wrong.
Danchenko had previously worked as a Russia analyst at the left-leaning Brookings Institution with Fiona Hill, a national security expert who was later called to testify against Trump in the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry.
Durham accuses Danchenko of lying to the FBI to protect Charles Dolan Jr., a communications consultant with close ties to the Clintons. He also accuses Danchenko of lying to the FBI about communications with Sergei Millian, who was then president of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, and whose supposed evidence helped convince the FBI to seek a surveillance warrant against Carter. Page. Dolan is expected to be a witness in Durham’s lawsuit against Danchenko.
Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.