The latest indictment to come out of special counsel John Durham’s probe is being cited by some insiders as evidence of a plot to discredit the Trump administration with claims of Russian collusion.
According to reports, Durham’s investigation led to an indictment against Igor Danchenko, a source used by ex-British spy Christopher Steele in his infamous dossier.
Details emerge regarding latest Durham indictment
Danchenko is facing allegations of lying to the FBI about the fact that one of his sources was Charles Dolan Jr., a Democratic Party operative and ally of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Among the allegations that Danchenko brought to the Steele dossier was information about an alleged lewd video involving former President Donald Trump.
For his part, Dolan reportedly stayed at a hotel in Moscow in which Trump was allegedly recorded in a compromising situation.
Clinton is said to have funded the notorious dossier, which provided the basis for the Trump-Russia narrative that cast a cloud of suspicion over the Trump campaign in 2016.
The document was also used by the FBI as the justification for spying on former Trump aide Carter Page.
“It is a threat to American democracy”
Although Clinton went on to lose the 2016 election, the apparent smear campaign against Trump continued to dominate news coverage for years to come. Ultimately, special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Trump adviser Stephen Miller cited the latest development in Durham’s probe in making his case that Clinton should be called on to answer some tough questions.
“I am enraged, and I hope all decent Americans are enraged at these discoveries,” he said. “It is a threat to American democracy. If this was happening in a foreign country, the State Department would say it was a failed state.”
The charges originating from Durham’s investigation appear to trace the path by which Democratic operatives conspired to target Trump and his campaign.
Former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann is also facing charges of making false statements to federal investigators and ex-FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith was sentenced to probation for hiding exculpatory information about Page.