It was recently revealed that Igor Danchenko, the primary sub-source for the debunked anti-Trump Steele dossier, had been designated as a paid confidential human source by the FBI in 2017 following interviews with agents in which he himself cast significant doubt on the accuracy of the contents of the dossier.
Former congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) suggested this revelation was evidence of an FBI conspiracy and coverup and urged his fellow Republicans to “tear apart” and rebuild the FBI and Justice Department once they had regained control of Congress, the Washington Examiner reported.
Nunes, who previously chaired the House Intelligence Committee and led the initial probe of the FBI’s use of the discredited dossier to malign and smear former President Donald Trump, further accused the FBI and DOJ of purposefully acting to obstruct the congressional investigation by hiding Danchenko away as a confidential source and not sharing his admitted skepticism of the dossier with others.
FBI hid the primary dossier source from Congress as paid confidential informant
The Washington Free Beacon reported that the revelation about Danchenko came in a legal filing this week from Special Counsel John Durham, who has been investigating the origins of the false Trump-Russia collusion narrative and is prosecuting Danchenko on multiple counts of lying to FBI investigators about his work on the dossier.
Danchenko, who had been hired by former British operative Christopher Steele to help compose the discredited dossier, later “undermined aspects of the dossier” in interviews with the FBI, but that information was kept quiet from the broader DOJ and the federal courts who had granted surveillance warrants based on the dossier’s claims.
The filing further revealed that before that, the Russian-born Danchenko had served at the Brookings Institute and had been the subject of an FBI counterintelligence probe in 2009 following allegations from a colleague that he had solicited the sale of classified information. That probe, however, was closed in 2011 when Danchenko left the U.S. but was not reopened when he returned to America a few years later.
Instead, despite the prior allegations and his debunking of the dossier in 2017, Danchenko was actually hired by the FBI and paid as a confidential human source until that relationship was suddenly ended in October 2020 — right about the time that Durham’s special counsel investigation began to heat up.
“Strongest evidence” seen yet of DOJ obstruction of congressional oversight
Former Rep. Nunes, during an appearance on Real America’s Voice with host John Solomon, said with regard to the new revelations from Durham, “I’ll tell you: Now more than ever, if the Republicans get control of Congress, this is going to be a monumental task that they have — to tear apart the Department of Justice and the FBI.”
He pointed out that this was “the strongest evidence that we’ve seen that they obstructed — the FBI, DOJ, et al. — obstructed Congress’s investigation back in 2017.”
“If you recall, they were coming after me, saying that people were going to die if important assets — Putin assets were going to die. It was all nonsense,” he continued. “The dude was, like, a few blocks from here working at Brookings at one point as a Democratic operative. I mean, nobody — nobody cared. This is the best evidence that I have seen that these guys were conspiring to do this.”
.@DevinNunes says the latest Durham revelation, that Igor Danchenko was acting as a paid informant for the FBI, is the “strongest evidence” we’ve seen that the FBI, DOJ obstructed congress.
— Real America’s Voice (RAV) (@RealAmVoice) September 16, 2022
Nunes went on to add that the high-ranking “crew” of FBI officials behind multiple anti-Trump efforts had been “very clever to use the Department of Justice, specifically the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, to then hide under what’s called ‘counterintelligence investigation’ because it allows them to wall everyone off, and then they’re using these confidential human sources as a way to to keep that from Congress.”