Members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign are under investigation, according to special counsel John Durham, the person investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, the Washington Examiner reports.
One of the members of her campaign under scrutiny is Christopher Steele, the primary source who attempted to connect Russia with Trump with his debunked, fake dossier.
Igor Danchenko, a second man involved in the investigation, has also been charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI.
How it started
Now debunked claims arose during the 2016 presidential campaign regarding a Trump dossier that alleged he was connected with Russia’s Alfa Bank.
Steele, a former British spy, allegedly provided much of the information in the report used to smear Trump by the Clinton campaign in a desperate attempt to knock him out of the race completely.
The case was of strong significance not only for its influence in the election, but due to alleged connections with those working for the FBI when former President Barack Obama held office.
Where it stands
Danchenko was charged with five counts of lying to the FBI, crimes now tied up in a legal battle involving special counsel Durham. Danchenko has recently changed legal teams, complicating matters as the case proceeds.
The matter is also complicated by the fact that some of Danchenko’s lawyers have worked for the Clinton campaign, requiring an additional investigation into whether there is any conflict of interest.
Steele source Igor Danchenko is now represented by lawyers who worked for the Hillary Campaign.
Special Counsel John Durham is asking the court if that’s an improper conflict.
Notable: trial inquiry may include whether the Clinton Campaign directed Danchenko’s activities. pic.twitter.com/vczgWX5ih0
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) December 20, 2021
Durham now needs to both prove the case in court, and seek to obtain any additional information regarding others who may have been involved.
NEW: #Durham filing indicates “Clinton campaign” + “multiple former employees” have “matters” before Special Counsel. “In addition to their representation of the defendant (Danchenko), a separate lawyer at the firm is currently representing the…“Clinton Campaign” as well as… pic.twitter.com/t6aszp4UEW
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) December 20, 2021
The case has massive potential implications, as both Trump and Clinton have been rumored as candidates for a potential 2024 rematch.