Trump-Russia Steele dossier analyst Igor Danchenko pleads not guilty in FBI lie case prosecuted by John Durham

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  • The analyst, who accused former President Donald Trump of lying to FBI agents about his work on a controversial dossier linking Russia to Russia, pleaded not guilty during his indictment in Virginia federal court.
  • A judge also set a tentative trial date of April 18 for Russian citizen Igor Danchenko, the analyst.
  • He is accused of making false statements to the FBI during an interview about his job of providing information to Christopher Steele, a former British spy who wrote the dossier.
  • Danchenko is the third person indicted by Special Counsel John Durham as part of an investigation into the original investigation of suspected coordination with Russian agents during a run for the 2016 Trump campaign against Hillary Clinton.

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An analyst accused of lying to FBI agents about his work on a controversial steel dossier linking former President Donald Trump to Russia pleaded not guilty on Wednesday during his indictment in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

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A judge also set a tentative trial date of April 18 for analyst Igor Danchenko, 43, a Russian citizen who remains free on a $150,000 bond.

NBC News reported that Michael Kelty, assistant special counsel prosecuting Danchenko, told Judge Anthony Trenga that a “large amount” of classified material would be included in the exchange of evidence with defendant’s attorneys.

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Danchenko’s lawyer, Mark Schmel, criticized the indictment against his client in a statement released Monday, saying, “We will uncover how these false allegations have unfairly defamed Mr. Danchenko.”

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Danchenko, a Virginia resident, was last week charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI during a 2017 interview about his work providing information to Christopher Steele, a former British spy who wrote the dossier.

Danchenko is the third person charged by special counsel John Durham as part of the investigation into the origins of the federal investigation into suspected coordination of the Trump campaign with Russian agents to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election during the Trump administration. was appointed for. , Republican Trump faced Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in that race.

Steele’s dossier was used by the FBI to justify a warrant application to tap the phone of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page a month before election day in 2016. The dossier was funded by the firm Fusion GPS, which itself was hired by Democratic. National Committee to conduct opposition research on then-Republican candidate Trump.

Danchenko is accused of lying to FBI agents when he told them he never communicated with a public relations executive active in Democratic politics about the allegations in Steele’s reports.

That executive, Charles Dolan Jr., served as the state president of President Bill Clinton’s Virginia presidential campaigns in 1992 and 1996, and is a former executive director of the Democratic Governors Association.

Danchenko is also accused of falsely telling agents that he received an anonymous call in July 2016 from a man he believed to be the then-president of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, Steele later stating that “cooperation conspiracy” suggested. Between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.

Danchenko’s lawyer, Shamel, said in his statement earlier this week that “Special Counsel’s use of a ‘speaking indictment’ is a falsehood designed to discredit and defame a well-known expert in business intelligence for political gain.” Presents a narrative that is in stark contrast to decades of Department of Justice policy.”

“Mr Danchenko is a respected research analyst who uncovered and exposed [Russia President] Plagiarism of Vladimir Putin Ph.D. thesis and whose work has been recognized worldwide for his intellectual rigor and accuracy,” said Scammel. “Mr. Danchenko’s work for the United States is above reproach.”

“For the past five years, agenda-holders have tried to tarnish Mr. Danchenko’s identity by revealing his identity and tarnishing his reputation while undermining US national security,” the lawyer said. “From the moment he was revealed inappropriately, he has been the focus of relentlessly politically motivated attacks. This latest injustice will not stand. We will uncover how these false accusations unfairly defame Mr. Danchenko. Has gone.”

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