Igor Danchenko, a Russian national and U.S. resident, is a political risk, defense, and economics analyst for Eurasia.
Danchenko has been indicted for providing the FBI with false information.
Today, Special Counsel John Durham filed to unseal a motion in Igor Danchenko’s false statements case.
This motion contains fresh material regarding the specifics of Danchenko’s lying to the FBI, how Special Counsel Mueller overlooked Danchenko’s false assertions, Charles Dolan’s anticipated testimony, and more.
Danchenko was a confidential human source (CHS) for the FBI from March 2017 to October 2020.
The Reactionary discusses internal difficulties with the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, including charges of Trump-Russia collaboration that have been proved unconfirmed or untrue and the Carter Page FISA applications that relied on the Steele Reports.
Realizing its own malfeasance, the FBI hired Danchenko as a CHS in March 2017 — just prior to the submission of the third FISA warrant in April 2017.
This would let Comey’s FBI to collaborate directly with Danchenko in its counterintelligence probe against President Trump.
Danchenko’s status as a CHS also prevented the FBI and Mueller from disclosing their “sources and methods.”
Here is a quick timeline of the interviews with Danchenko and other significant events:
- October 2016: The first Carter Page FISA warrant is submitted to the FISC.
- January 12, 2017: The application for the second FISA warrant is submitted to the FISC.
- January 24-25, 2017: Danchenko is first interviewed by the FBI. At those meetings, he made false statements that he spoke to Sergei Millian by phone and that Millian agreed to meet him in New York. Both those claims were false.
- March 2017: Danchenko is hired by the FBI as a CHS.
- March 16, 2017: Danchenko lies to FBI agents that “he received a late July 2016 telephone call from an individual who Danchenko believed was ‘probably’ [Millian”], when in truth and in fact, and as the defendant well knew, [Millian] never called Danchenko.”
- April 7, 2017: The application for the third FISA warrant is submitted to the FISC.
- May 9, 2017: President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey.
- May 17, 2017: Robert Mueller is appointed Special Counsel.
- May 18, 2017: Danchenko falsely states to FBI agents that he “‘was under the impression’ that a late July 2016 telephone call he received was from [Millian’]” when in fact Millian never called Danchenko.
- June 15, 2017: Danchenko lies to FBI agents that he had never “spoken with PR Executive-1” (Dolan) about the dossier allegations.
- June 29, 2017: The application for the fourth FISA warrant is submitted to the FISC.
- October 24, 2017: Danchenko lies to FBI agents, stating that he had spoken to Millian “on the telephone on more than one occasion.”
- November 16, 2017: Danchenko lies to the FBI against, stating “he had spoken to [Millian] on the telephone” when he knew he never did.
- December 9, 2019: The Horowitz report is released, detailing the DOJ/FBI/Mueller FISA abuse.
- October 19, 2020: John Durham is appointed Special Counsel.
- October 2020: Danchenko is terminated as a CHS
Regarding today’s Motion in Limine; when the Steele Reports were released, the media picked up on the most salacious rumors, one that was utterly unbelievable: that Russian intelligence had a video of Trump involved with prostitutes at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Also known as the “pee tape.”
The allegation came from Danchenko, who attributed it to his sources – one from the Ritz-Carlton, and another being Sergei Millian.
Durham will refute it, as it expects to call at trial “Bernd Kuhlen,” the then-general manager of the Ritz-Carlton, who will deny speaking with or ever meeting Danchenko “in June 2016, or at any time.”
As to Sergei Millian (more on him later), Durham will show that Danchenko falsely stated to the FBI that this information from Millian “came from a single ten, or fifteen-minute anonymous phone call that allegedly took place in late-July 2016.” That timing is of particular importance, as explained by Durham:
Danchenko made false statements about Charles Dolan, an influential Democrat executive with ties to the Clintons.
It was Dolan who was given a tour of the Ritz-Carlton Presidential Suite, which was the supposed location of “Trump’s alleged lurid sexual activities.”
In fact, Dolan is expected to testify at trial. According to Durham:
“The Government anticipates that Mr. Dolan will testify that (1) it was he and Mr. Kupka who attended a lunch with the Ritz-Carlton general manager and other hotel staff during the June 2016 Moscow trip and that [Danchenko] was not present, and (2) neither Donald Trump nor his purported sexual practices were ever discussed at that lunch. Further, the Government also anticipates that Mr. Dolan will testify that Ritz-Carlton hotel staff did, in fact, provide the aforementioned tour of the presidential suite as part of the June 2016 trip and that, again, Donald Trump and his purported sexual practices were not discussed during that tour.”
Background on the Danchenko indictment and what the FBI knew about Danchenko’s Clinton connections includes Danchenko’s indictment for multiple false statements given to federal officials during the Trump/Russia investigation.
Durham also plans to introduce:
“Evidence that Danchenko “on multiple occasions communicated and emailed with, among others, Charles Dolan regarding his work for [Christopher] Steele and Orbis.”
“Evidence that proves Dolan was aware of [Danchenko’s] reporting was part of a ‘related project against Trump’ and that this work was being done on behalf of Steele and Orbis.”