Special Counsel John Durham ‘s latest indictments impugn where the source of the now-debunked Steele dossier’s most salacious allegations quickly elevated Mr. Durham to hero in some of his harshest critics.
His investigation into suspected wrongdoing by FBI officials in launching the Trump-Russian collusion investigation was viewed as a laughingstock by former President Donald Trump and his supporters. They ridiculed the fact that it took more than two years for one guilty plea to be found.
But this fall, the investigation came to life as Mr. Durham secured charges against two defendants who had ties to Democratic Party.
One of the defendants, Igor Danchenko ,, is due to be arraigned Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia. He will plead not guilty in five counts of lying before the FBI regarding how he gathered information that was then stored in British spy Christopher Steele ‘s dossier on Mr. Trump.
Michael Sussmann was a lawyer who worked in support of Democrats and Hillary Clinton s presidential campaign. He was indicted on September. He pleaded guilty to charges that he lied in an 2016 meeting where he discussed purported links between Trump’s organization and a Russian bank. Trump was able to shift his mind regarding the investigation after witnessing the flurry of activity.
Mr. Trump once mocked Mr. Durham’s inactivity by asking if the special counsel was a “living and breathing human being .”
Mr. Trump praised the special counsel on Tuesday.
“Hats Off, because it’s finally out and it’s getting to a level — Durham has released things that are absolutely incredible,” Mr. Trump stated on Fox News. “We all sort of knew that happened, and now we have the facts, and I think they’re only going to get deeper and deeper — and it all leads back to the Democrats, Hillary and the dirty lawyers.”
Mr. Trump also predicted that the information Mr. Durham uncovered would be “just the initial building blocks .”
Some people still doubt Mr. Durham.
Tom Fitton is the president of Judicial Watch, a conservative activist group, and a frequent Durham criticism. He stated that there was more malfeasance than the special counsel should reveal.
” If this is the beginning it’s great. he said that if it’s the ending, it’s terrible. “I believe there are others who should be held responsible in the FBI Justice Department.
” They all knew that the dossier was false and used it to spy on Trump and other innocent Americans .”
Conservatives wanted an investigation that was parallel to Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible ties between Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign, and Moscow. Moscow interfered with the 2016 election in Mr. Trump.
Over a similar length of time as the Durham probe, Mr. Mueller filed criminal charges against 34 individuals, including seven Trump associates. His work resulted in 12 others being referred for prosecution but did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy or coordination between Mr. Trump and the Kremlin.
CurtLevey, president and founder of the right-leaning Committee for Justice said that conservatives should temper expectations for the Durham investigation. He stated that the goal is not to bring down prosecutions, but to document accurately how debunked rumors led to an FBI investigation.
” The mainstream media ignores this issue, but historians are able to be objective and will recall the events. While Trump and Russia did not conspire, there was collusion between the FBI as well as Hillary Clinton ,” Mr. Levey.
Mr. Durham has been indicted. Taken together, the court documents form a narrative that the FBI was coopted by the National Democratic Committee and Clinton campaign and prodded into pursuing a bogus investigation of the Trump campaign.
In the end, the FBI concluded there was no truth to the story. In his two-volume report about Russia collusion, Mueller did not mention the Alfa Bank allegations.
The indictment claims Mr. Dolan, who was a state chair for Bill Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns and “actively campaigned” for Mrs. Clinton in 2016, supplied Mr. Danchenko with rumors about Mr. Trump that ended up in the Steele dossier.
The Dolan-Danchenko link undercuts claims the dossier was sourced directly from intelligence officers at the Kremlin and exposes it to be a Democratic tool for campaigning.
While Mr. Durham’s indictments depict the FBI as being misled, Mr. Fitton stated that the bureau merits closer inspection.
” The record shows that the FBI knew nearly immediately that an investigation had been opened improperly. They also knew that the dossier was an unreliable document and that it was never stopped.” he stated. They doubled down on their misuse of it and launched a special counsel operation .”
to justify spying against the new president.