Russiagate isn’t over after all. In fact, the Department of Justice is ready to dump a “large volume” of classified materials this week.
I can’t help but feel excited by the ultimate downfall of Christopher Steele and his BS dossier. He wanted to sabotage Donald Trump, but failed. Unfortunately, Democrats retaliated with the 2020 election; but the truth can only hide for so long.
John Durham promised the coming documents when he asked a federal judge to extend a deadline for classified discovery regarding such information.
As Conservative Brief reports:
Durham said he needs more time due to agency personnel currently being involved in issues that relate to Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine.
“To date, the government has produced over 60,000 documents in unclassified discovery. A portion of these documents were originally marked ‘classified’ and the government has worked with the appropriate declassification authorities to produce the documents in an unclassified format,” Durham said in the filing submitted to the federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia.
“However, recent world events in Ukraine have contributed to delays in the production of classified discovery. The officials preparing and reviewing the documents at the FBI and intelligence agencies are heavily engaged in matters related to Ukraine,” Durham added.
“Nevertheless, the government will produce a large volume of classified discovery this week and will continue its efforts to produce documents in classified discovery on a rolling basis, and no later than the proposed deadlines set forth below,” Durham wrote.
Recall, Mueller found nothing on Trump.
Clearly, it sent Democrats into a scramble. Oddly, despite the Mueller report, Democrats vowed to carry on the Russian investigation. Yet, leftists’ ties to the Russian collusion were exposed again and again. They were so dedicated to finding something to pin on President Trump, but his only real crime seemed to be knowing the truth about Hillary Clinton, Obama, and the many crooked deals America was stuck in the middle of.
The Washington Examiner adds:
The case revolves around Igor Danchenko, a Russian researcher based in the United States, who was charged in November with five counts of making false statements to the FBI in 2017 about the information he provided to Steele for his discredited dossier during the 2016 election.
Danchenko, who has pleaded not guilty, signed a waiver in December agreeing to be defended by the same law firm representing members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign despite a conflict of interest concerns raised by Durham.
Steele was working for Oleg Deripaska, an oligarch linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, before, during, and after his time targeting then-candidate Donald Trump. The former MI6 agent was hired to put his anti-Trump dossier together by an opposition research firm, Fusion GPS, which was simultaneously working for Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya of the now-infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. His research received funding from the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Danchenko allegedly relied on a network of Russian contacts, undermined key Trump-Russia collusion claims when interviewed by the FBI, and had previously been investigated as a possible threat to national security due to potential Russian intelligence contacts.
According to Durham’s false statements charges, he anonymously sourced a claim about Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to longtime Clinton ally Chuck Dolan, who spent many years, including 2016, doing work for Russian businesses and the Russian government.
And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Surely, Hillary Clinton will be part of this exposé. But that’s another article on its own. Until then, it will be much fun to watch Christopher Steele be undone.
Conservative Brief explains:
In a report released in December 2019, Justice Dept. Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that the Steele dossier played a “central and essential” role in the FBI’s decision to launch a counterintelligence operation against the 2016 Trump campaign.
That included efforts to obtain wiretap orders against former Trump campaign associate Carter Page — efforts that were ultimately successful, but only after “serious missteps and errors” which included concealing “potentially exculpatory information from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court,” the Washington Examiner reported.
In addition, Horowitz also said that Danchenko undermined Steele’s unfounded claims of a “well-developed conspiracy” between Trump and Russia, though as recently as this month, Steele continues to defend his now-discredited dossier.
He appeared at a discussion at Oxford Union last week, which followed an appearance as a Russian analyst on the BBC days earlier.
It will be interesting to see Steele’s appearance calendar after Durham dumps his documents. I expect this to be what they call a “game changer.” Finally.