Criminal Justice & the Rule of Law

Igor Danchenko, Steele Dossier Source, Indicted as Part of Durham Investigation

Emily Dai
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 12:40 PM

Danchenko, a Russian analyst who was a primary source behind the 2016 dossier of allegations against Donald Trump, was arrested Thursday as part of the ongoing Durham probe.

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Federal authorities on Nov. 4 indicted Igor Danchenko, a key analyst who contributed research to the Steele dossier, on five counts of making false statements to the FBI. The 2016 Steele dossier compiled information on potential ties between then-presidential candidate Trump and Russia. The dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, received significant public attention for its role in forming part of the government’s application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. This indictment is the latest arrest in the special counsel investigation led by John Durham into the origins of the Russia investigation.

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Emily Dai is a junior at New York University studying Politics and Economics. She is an intern at Lawfare.

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