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John Durham investigation: Igor Danchenko, original source for Trump-Russia Dossier Exonerated


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Igor Danchenko, source for The infamous Trump-Russia dossier was acquitted on Tuesday of four bills of FBI lies in shameful defeat for special counsel John Durham.

Durham took two cases to court and both ended in acquittals. After more than three years looking for for misdemeanor in FBI investigations on Trump and Russia, Durham only recorded one condemnation: guilty plea of Low Level FBI Lawyer, who received probation.

The jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all charges against Danchenko, Russian émigré and think tank analyst who provided that the main part of in material for dossier on Trump. Durham initially indicted Danchenko with five bills of lies to the FBI, but the judge threw out one of accusations on Friday.

The verdict means the jury was not convinced by Durham’s claims that Danchenko lied to the FBI about his contacts. with Belarusian-American businessman who was possible source for dossier. The largely discredited dossier was a collection of of unverified and obscene allegations made by retired British spy Christopher Steele, whose dirt-digging was indirectly funded by Hillary Clinton. campaign in 2016.

In many ways, this verdict is a direct blow to Durham, who personally dealt with most of arguments and interrogation of witnesses. The trial was rocky in times for in special counsel, who whipped out some of his own witnesses after they ended up providing evidence that helped Danchenko defense.

Danchenko’s lawyer Stuart Sears praised result.

“We knew all along that Mr. Danchenko was innocent. We are happy that the American public knows that too,” Sears told reporters. outside courthouse. “We thank these jurors for them hard work and discussion in reaching right decision”.

In a statement, Durham said: “While we are disappointed in result, we respect the opinion of the jury decision and thank them for their service. I also want acknowledge and thank the investigators and the prosecution team for their dedicated efforts in looking for truth as well as justice in this case.”

Weekly Court against Danchenko resurrected many of election drama 2016.

FBI agents spoke about their attempts to confirm Steele’s dossier, which eventually up empty. The jurors were shown fragments of Steele’s memos, which he previously said were never meant to be public. The main assertion of the dossier is that there was a “gooddeveloped CONSPIRACY of cooperation” between Donald Trump and the Russians – repeatedly up throughout the proceedings.

Durham also used the occasion to put the FBI on trial, in what could be preview of his upcoming final report. He zeroed out in on shortcomings and mistakes of an early investigation of Trump and Russia, in particular the bureau’s overconfidence on dossier for promotion forward a little key parts of their growing investigation.

Danchenko is a Russian citizen, but lived in United States for years with his family. One day the FBI checked him out as possible a threat to counterintelligence, but later paid him as an informant. Durham approached FBI handler Danchenko about the possibility that he was a Russian spy. In contrast, the witness said that Danchenko was a valuable FBI informant and suggested that Durham harmed the US. national security by indicting him.

This story was updated with additional details.

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