Igor Danchenko is seeking to dismiss the false statements charges brought against him by special counsel John Durham, in part by implying that special counsel Robert Mueller failing to unearth those alleged lies is proof that they weren’t lies.
Danchenko, the alleged main source for British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s dossier, was indicted last year with five counts of making false statements to the bureau in 2017, and Durham has said the comments were about the information Danchenko provided to Steele for the dossier . Danchenko has pleaded not guilty.
“Between January and November 2017, Mr. Danchenko not only answered every question to the best of his ability, even when asked to speculate, but also provided emails and contact information for other potential sources of information in the [Steele] Reports,” Danchenko’s attorneys told the court on Friday. “The investigation into the Reports was ultimately completed by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III, in or about November 2017 and the Special Counsel’s office closed its entire investigation into possible Trump/Russia collusion in March 2019.”
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded Danchenko undermined Steele’s unfounded claims of a “well-developed conspiracy” between former President Donald Trump and Russia. Mueller’s 2019 investigation “did not establish” any criminal Trump-Russia collusion.
Danchenko’s legal team argued: “Approximately thirty-four individuals were charged by Mueller’s office, including several for providing false statements to investigators. Mr. Danchenko was not among them. To the contrary, not only did investigators and government officials repeatedly represent that Mr. Danchenko had been honest and forthcoming in his interviews, but also resolved discrepancies between his recollection of events and that of others in Mr. Danchenko’s favor.”
Mueller repeatedly refused to discuss the dossier in 2019 after his report was released.
“The Justice Department has asserted privileges concerning investigative information and decisions, ongoing matters within the Justice Department, and deliberations within […]
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