After bringing outrageously false ‘Russian collusion’ allegation against Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton associates including Charles Dolan are seeing ‘great Democrats’ in influential Russian figures. According to Jonathan Turley, a Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University wrote: “To my good friend … A Great Democrat”. Those words written to a Russian figure in Moscow, inside a copy of a Hillary Clinton autobiography, may be the defining line of special counsel John Durham’s investigation. The message reportedly was written by Charles Dolan, a close Clinton adviser and campaign regular whom news reports identify as the mysterious “PR-Executive 1” in the latest Durham indictment, this time of Igor Danchenko.
It is important to know – who is Igor Danchenko? According to media reports, Danchenko (43) was a key figure in the compilation of the infamous and bogus Steele Dossier that Hillary Clinton and her cronies had manufactured with the notorious agenda of disputing 2016 presidential elections with the false claim of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Despite Hillary Clinton’s Steele Dossier is now facing investigation, Dunchenko, a Russian émigré living in the US, seems unlikely to be the Durham investigation’s key defendant. In fact, Durham describes him at points more like a shill than a spy, an “investigator” who was fed what to report by Clinton operatives such as Dolan.
Durham is known as a methodical, apolitical and unrelenting prosecutor. Thus far, his work seems to betray a belief that the FBI got played by the Clinton campaign to investigate the Trump team. The question is whether Durham really wants to indict just the figurative tail if he can get the whole dog — a question that now may weigh heavily on a number of Washington figures, just as it did follow Durham’s indictment in September of Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.
Igor Danchenko’s indictment on five counts of lying to the FBI serves two obvious purposes. First, these counts — with a possible five years in prison on each — are enough to concentrate the mind of any defendant about possibly flipping for the prosecution. Second, indicting Danchenko “hoists the wretch” for potential targets to see and consider that there but for the grace of God — and Durham — go they.
Professor Jonathan Turley wrote: The background details of Durham’s three indictments so far have assembled an impressive list of “great Democrats” who contributed directly or indirectly to the creation of the Russia collusion scandal. Indeed, the collusion case increasingly is taking on a type of “Murder on the Orient Express” feel, in which all of the suspects may turn out to be culprits. While the statute of limitations may protect some, Durham has shown that he can use the crime of lying to federal investigators (18 U.S.C. 1001) as a handy alternative. Targets must admit to prior misconduct or face a new charge.
Thus, Durham clearly seems to be making a meticulous case that the Steele dossier was a political hit job orchestrated by Clinton operatives. His latest indictment connects Danchenko to several intriguing figures and groups that, in turn, relate to the Clinton campaign.
Former British spy Christopher Steele himself has been extensively interviewed by investigators over the years — a long record that comes with inherent risks of contradictions. Notably, Steele recently defended his dossier in a bizarre interview. While admitting that it might have been used by Russian intelligence for disinformation, he stood by the accounts of its most sensational details, such as former President Trump’s “golden shower tape,” despite Durham’s findings to the contrary.
Dolan is the latest direct connection between the campaign and the infamous Steele dossier to surface in Durham’s investigation. Dolan had close ties not only to the Clintons but to the Russians as well; he and the public relations firm where he worked had represented the Russian government and registered as foreign agents for Russia.
Hillary Clinton’s Steele Dossier conspiracy has already fallen flat. Now the demand for investigating Hillary Clinton’s email scandal would get louder gradually.
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