The Russian Behind the Steele Dossier Is Arrested

The Russian Behind the Steele Dossier Is Arrested

( – In 2016, allegations surfaced that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. A dossier showed up in the hands of some US Senators and the FBI, alleging numerous moral misdeeds by former businessman and then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. In 2017, the allegations kicked off a furious Democratic campaign to reveal alleged misdeeds and potentially unlawful activity by the Trump campaign. The Department of Justice (DOJ) declared those allegations untrue after spending hundreds of millions of dollars after appointing former special counsel Bob Mueller as a special counsel. In May 2019, the Trump DOJ appointed US attorney John Durham to investigate wrongdoings surrounding the Trump/Russia collusion hoax.

On Thursday, November 4, the Department of Justice announced a Russian analyst helped create the notorious Steele dossier. The FBI arrested Igor Danchenko in Virginia and charged him with five counts of lying to federal investigators. An unsealed grand jury indictment said the 43-year-old Russian citizen misled the FBI about his work compiling the salacious allegations against Trump in 2016.

Christopher Steele is a former British spy paid by Democrats to dig up dirt on Trump and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. Danchenko is the third person indicted in Durham’s investigation. From January 2017 through November 2017, the FBI interviewed Danchenko several times as they sought to find out if the dossier was accurate.

The Russian lied multiple times about his sources, including Democratic party operatives. Danchenko later confessed that rumor and speculation informed many aspects of the dossier. The Mueller investigation disproved the dossier in a report.

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