The newest filings by Special Counsel John Durham reveal that legal professionals for the Hillary Clinton Campaign now characterize Christopher Steele main subsource Igor Danchenko. In doing so, Durham reveals one thing else: that the Hillary Clinton Campaign and a number of former workers of the Hillary Clinton Campaign are underneath investigation.
Let’s stroll via the newest developments.
Igor Danchenko, the main subsource of Christopher Steele, was arrested on November 3, 2021 for giving a number of false statements to federal officers throughout his 2017 interviews with the FBI. These included lies about Danchenko’s sources, his travels to Russia, and his falsified contacts with Sergei Millian. We laid out Danchenko’s indictment right here.
Notably, Special Counsel John Durham alleges that one in every of Danchenko’s actual “sources” was Charles Dolan, Jr. (maybe first recognized by Aaron Mate), who served in varied management positions to elect Bill Clinton in the 1992 and 1996 campaigns and was an advisor to Hillary Clinton in her 2016 marketing campaign for president. With Dolan’s involvement, the apparent query turns into whether or not he was the middleman between the Clinton Campaign and Danchenko.
The Involvement of the Hillary Clinton Campaign
After all, we all know that the Hillary Clinton Campaign paid for the Steele dossiers and the work by Fusion GPS. This was organized via their attorneys (and the DNC attorneys) at Perkins Coie – notably Mark Elias and Michael Sussmann. Elias left the agency this summer season. Sussmann was indicted in September 2021 by Special Counsel Durham for giving false statements referring to the Alfa Bank/Trump hoax.
It is extremely probably that the Clinton Campaign was receiving updates on the Fusion GPS/Christopher Steele work as soon as they have been employed by Perkins Coie in the spring of 2016. This is work the consumer – the Clinton Campaign – paid for. (The sharing of this data could be in keeping with the Clinton Campaign – notably Jake Sullivan – receiving backchannel updates on the Alfa Bank hoax.)
If the Clinton Campaign was being knowledgeable of the work by Fusion GPS, what of the chance that the Clinton Campaign was informing the work of Fusion GPS? It was Clintons’ concept to hyperlink Trump and Russia in the first place. And associates of the Clinton Campaign (Sidney Blumenthal) have been working to corroborate elements of the file.
With that in thoughts, I go away you this bit of knowledge offered by the New York Times in September (emphasis added) suggesting the complicity of the Clinton Campaign:
Some of the questions that Mr. Durham’s crew has been asking in current months — together with of witnesses it subpoenaed earlier than a grand jury, in accordance with individuals aware of a few of the classes — counsel he has been pursuing a concept that the Clinton marketing campaign used Perkins Coie to submit doubtful info to the F.B.I. about Russia and Mr. Trump in an effort to gin up investigative exercise to harm his 2016 marketing campaign.
The Latest Developments
Now let’s assessment what’s happening in Danchenko’s felony case. He was initially represented by Chris Schafbuch and Mark Schamel. On December 6, 2021, Stuart Sears appeared on behalf of Danchenko. Schafbuch and Schamel dropped out of the case.
According to Durham’s newest submitting, Stuart Sears is a companion at the legislation agency Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears. Notably, the agency is presently representing the 2016 “Hillary for America” presidential marketing campaign (the “Clinton Campaign”), in addition to a number of former workers of that marketing campaign, in issues earlier than the Special Counsel.”
Did you catch that? I’ll emphasize:
The Hillary Clinton Campaign and its workers are topic to “matters before the Special Counsel.”
Durham notices the potential battle of curiosity, informing the court docket that Danchenko’s trial may increase the following points:
the Clinton Campaign’s data or lack of know-how regarding the veracity of knowledge in the Fusion GPS stories sourced by Danchenko,
the Clinton Campaign’s consciousness or lack of know-how of Dancehnko’s assortment strategies and sub-sources,
conferences or communications between and amongst the Clinton Campaign, Fusion GPS, and/or Steele relating to or involving Danchenko
Danchenko data or lack of know-how relating to the Clinton Campaign’s position in and actions surrounding the Fusion GPS stories, and
the extent to which the Clinton Campaign and/or its representatives directed, solicited, or managed Danchenko’s actions.
Durham even raises the potential that members of the Clinton Campaign could also be known as to testify at Danchenko’s trial.
To this observer, it looks like the Clinton Campaign’s involvement in the file is perhaps deeper than anybody actually is aware of.