Durham working on releasing 60,000 unclassified documents in ‘Russiagate’ probe

Special Counsel John Durham revealed in a filing on Tuesday that he will be releasing a “large volume” of unclassified documents related to the “Russiagate” case and the dossier that was produced for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign to smear former President Donald Trump.

“To date, the government has produced over 60,000 documents in unclassified discovery. A portion of these documents were originally marked ‘classified’ and the government has worked with the appropriate declassification authorities to produce the documents in an unclassified format,” Durham said in a filing he submitted to the Eastern District of Virginia federal court.

He said that many of the staff members working on processing and releasing the documents and other aspects of the case have been tied up recently because of their experience and knowledge of Ukraine.

“However, recent world events in Ukraine have contributed to delays in the production of classified discovery. The officials preparing and reviewing the documents at the FBI and intelligence agencies are heavily engaged in matters related to Ukraine,” he added.

Continuing efforts

Durham put forth proposed extended deadlines for releasing some of the documents and vowed to meet them.

“Nevertheless, the government will produce a large volume of classified discovery this week and will continue its efforts to produce documents in classified discovery on a rolling basis, and no later than the proposed deadlines set forth below,” Durham wrote.

Igor Danchenko is the focus of Durham’s case, since he was the one who provided much of the information in the dossier to Christopher Steele, who then compiled it and gave it to operatives in the Clinton campaign even though it wasn’t true.

Danchenko was charged in November with 5 counts of making false statements to the FBI in 2017 regarding the dossier.

He pleaded not guilty in December and is being defended by the same lawyers that were defending members of the Clinton campaign event though that’s probably a conflict of interest.

Many connections

Because of interviews with Danchenko, many connections between Russia, the FBI and the Clinton campaign were discovered by Durham and his team.

However, no basis for any connections between Trump and Russia were ever verified.

Steele continues to stand by his dossier even though it has been soundly discredited.

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