Politics The many Russian links to the operatives behind the Steele dossier
After years spent undermining Durham, Adam Schiff now endorses his prosecutions
Rep. Adam Schiff, a onetime cheerleader for Christopher Steele’s dossier, endorsed special counsel John Durham’s prosecution of dossier source Igor Danchenko, a dramatic reversal after spending years questioning the legitimacy of the investigation. © Provided by Washington Examiner The California Democrat, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, pushed allegations of Trump-Russia collusion for years and touted the dossier, reading multiple baseless claims from it into the congressional record in March 2017.
The Russian links to the figures behind Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier have come into clearer focus following special counsel John Durham’s indictments.
Steele was working for Vladimir Putin-linked oligarchbefore, during, and after his time targeting then-candidate Donald Trump, and the former MI6 agent was hired to put the dossier together by an opposition research firm, , which was simultaneously working for Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. The Clinton campaign hired Fusion.
Fusion GPS testimony brings businessman Sergei Millian back into the spotlight
The House Intelligence Committee released the transcript of its interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson on Thursday. Simpson spoke at length about Sergei Millian, a Belarus-born businessman who has worked with the Trump Organization.Millian has denied he was a source for the Steele dossier. In November, US prosecutors accused a person who contributed to the dossier of lying about receiving information from Millian.Editor's note: This article was updated after a Nov.
Steele’s main source, U.S.-based Russian national Igor Danchenko, allegedly relied upon a network of Russian contacts, undermined key 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. And, according to Durham’s false statements charges, he anonymously sourced a claim about Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to longtime Hillary Clinton ally, who spent many years, including 2016, doing work for Russian businesses and the Russian government.
Durham's investigationto be painting the picture that many of the biggest Trump-Russia collusion claims can be to the Clinton campaign and Democratic operatives.
Senate Judiciary Committee: Kushner forwarded emails about a 'Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite'
President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, forwarded emails about a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite," two senators say.President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, forwarded emails about a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite" to Trump campaign officials and failed to produce those emails to the Senate Judiciary Committee, two senators on the committee said in a letter to Kushner's lawyer on Thursday.
Steele and Deripaska
Deripaska paid Steele to investigate Manafort after accusing the Republican operative of stealing millions from him, and Steelefrom Fusion in early 2016. The firm soon hired Steele to conduct anti-Trump research.
A D.C. mansion tied to Deripaska wasby the FBI last month.
The Senate Intelligence Committee’slast year found “the Russian government coordinates with and directs Deripaska on many of his influence operations" around the world. The Senate report revealed Steele started working on behalf of Deripaska as early as 2012 through part of 2017. The investigation found “indications that Deripaska had early knowledge of Steele's work," and the report said Steele’s relationship with Deripaska “provided a potential direct channel for Russian influence on the dossier."
The ‘close enough’ defense — media make excuses for their discredited Steele Dossier reporting
The Steele Dossier, which the FBI used as justification to spy on onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page, is almost certainly a work of fiction. © Provided by Washington Examiner In fact, the dossier that also served as the foundation for the media’s manic coverage of supposed Russian collusion with Trump's campaign may itself be a Russian counterintelligence propaganda product.
An email from Steele in February 2016 claimed Deripaska “is also aware of the thrust of our new intel” and went on to suggest Deripaska “is not the leadership tool [of the Kremlin] some have alleged." But the Senate report revealed investigators “found ample evidence to dispute Steele's assessment.”
The Senate report noted gaping holes in Steele’s dossier related to the Putin ally, writing that “Steele and his subsources appear to have neglected to include or missed in its entirety Paul Manafort’swith Deripaska.”
Fusion and Veselnitskaya
Veselnitskaya, a former prosecutor with ties to the Kremlin, hired BakerHostetler to help Cyprus-based, Russian-steered Prevezon Holdings in court, and the law firm hired Fusion in 2014. Businessman Bill Browder had alleged Fusion acted as an agent for Russian interests when it helped go after him as Putin tried to combat the Magnitsky Act.
Browder, head of Hermitage Capital, championed the, named for his tax lawyer and Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Russian prison in 2009 after his investigation allegedly uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars of tax fraud implicating Russian officials.
What to make of the intelligence failure over the Steele Dossier?
We are still waiting for some kind of disavowal of the dossier from our masters of intelligence. We should not let the frenzy of the Steele Dossier by the media and anti-Trump politicians deflect attention from the intel community's behavior. Yes, media and politicians march to different drummers. The media sell clicks and newspapers. Media failures are to be expected, but rarely of this magnitude. Yes, politicians engage in dirty tricks that threaten to cross the line of legality, but it is hard to find another dirty trick of this magnitude.
The Justice Department alleged Prevezon laundered fraudulent money, and thefor $5.9 million in what the department "a $230 million Russian tax refund fraud scheme involving corrupt Russian officials." Prevezon was owned by Denis Katsyv, whose father, Pyotr Katsyv, is a Putin ally.
The Justice Departmentan indictment against Veselnitskaya, now out of reach in Russia, alleging she’d over her “secret cooperation with a senior Russian prosecutor.”
The Senate Intelligence Committeesaid the information Veselnitskaya offered during the Trump Tower meeting "was focused on U.S. sanctions against Russia under the Magnitsky Act" and "was part of a broader influence operation targeting the United States that was coordinated, at least in part, with elements of the Russian government."
The Senate report assessed Veselnitskaya and Rinat Akhmetshin, who accompanied her, both “have significant connections to the Russian government, including the Russian intelligence services,” and Veselnitskaya's connections "were far more extensive and concerning than what had been publicly known.”
The report noted they “found no evidence that Veselnitskaya used her ties with Fusion GPS to influence the contents of the dossier,” but the senators nevertheless “sought to understand the significance of Veselnitskaya's relationship" with Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson "because of the timing of their interactions."
Sean Hannity Corrects Donald Trump Live on Air Over Durham Report
John Durham is investigating the FBI probe into alleged connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.Trump was referring to John Durham, who was appointed during his administration to investigate the bureau's probe into alleged ties between the former president's 2016 campaign and Russia.
Simpson denied any foreknowledge of the Trump Tower meeting despite seeing Veselnitskaya the day before, the day of, and the day after.
Danchenko and Dolan
Dolan was identified as “PR Executive-1” in Durham’sagainst Danchenko. One alleged lie Danchenko told was denying he spoke with Dolan about anything in the dossier, despite an admittedly fabricated claim from Dolan about Manafort making it into the dossier via Danchenko.
Foreign Agents Registration Act filings from November 2011 and May 2012 show Dolan$78,000 and $79,000 for “out-of-pocket expenses” while working on behalf of the Russian Federation and Russian state-owned energy giant, Gazprom.
Durham said Dolan “interacted with senior Russian Federation leadership whose names would later appear in" the dossier, and also “maintained relationships with" Russia's ambassador to the United States and the head of the Russian Embassy's Economic Section in Washington, D.C., both of whom appeared in the dossier.
Durham said “PR Executive-1’s role as a contributor of information to the Company Reports was highly relevant" because Dolan “maintained pre-existing and ongoing relationships with numerous persons named” in the dossier. Durham noted that “certain allegations” Danchenko provided to Steele that appeared in the dossier “mirrored and/or reflected information that PR Executive-1 himself also had received through his own interactions with Russian nationals.”
It Wasn’t a Hoax
People with scant illusions about Trump are volunteering to help him execute one of his Big Lies. The factual record on Trump-Russia has been set forth most authoritatively by the report of the Senate Intelligence Committee, then chaired by Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina. I’ll reduce the complex details to a very few agreed upon by virtually everybody outside the core Trump-propaganda group. Dating back to at least 2006, Trump and his companies did tens of millions of dollars of business with Russian individuals and other buyers whose profiles raised the possibility of money laundering.
Dolan allegedly asked Danchenko to assist with an October 2016 conference at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow, a location that would be the source of salacious claims about Trump, and Durham said Dolan attended meetings at the Russian Embassy in the U.S. in 2016.
Durham said Dolan described Danchenko in a June 2016 email as a potential former Russian spy, writing, “He is too young for KGB. But I think he worked for FSB."
Durham discovered Danchenko wasby the FBI as a possible “threat to national security," according to documents by then-Attorney General William Barr.
Dolan traveled to Moscow in June 2016 on a planning trip for the October conference, where he stayed in the Moscow hotel. Durham said Dolan had a meeting with the general manager of the Moscow hotel and a female hotel staff member to discuss the October conference and received a tour of the hotel, including the presidential suite.
Danchenko visited Dolan and others at the Moscow hotel, and Danchenko flew from Moscow to London to meet with Steele “to provide him with information that would later appear" in the dossier.
The indictment says Danchenko brokered a meeting between Dolan and his Russian friend, Galkina, “to discuss a potential business relationship.” Galkina denies being a dossier source.
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