Feds Arrest Researcher Of Infamous “Steele Dossier”

The New York Times reports:

Federal authorities on Thursday arrested an analyst who in 2016 gathered leads about possible links between Donald J. Trump and Russia for what turned out to be Democratic-funded opposition research, according to people familiar with the matter.

The arrest of the analyst, Igor Danchenko, is part of the special counsel inquiry led by John H. Durham, who was appointed by the Trump administration to scrutinize the Russia investigation for any wrongdoing, the people said.

Mr. Danchenko, was the primary researcher of the so-called Steele dossier, a compendium of rumors and unproven assertions suggesting that Mr. Trump and his 2016 campaign were compromised by and conspiring with Russian intelligence officials in Moscow’s covert operation to help him defeat Hillary Clinton.

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An update from CBS News:

A federal grand jury charged Igor Danchenko, a 43-year-old Russian national living in Virginia, with five counts of lying to federal investigators about the sources of information he provided to Steele’s firm, which was then included in the dossier passed to the FBI.

The false statements were allegedly made on five different occasions, from March 2017 to October 2017, according to the indictment unsealed Thursday. Danchenko was arrested Thursday morning and is scheduled to appear in court later in the day, the Justice Department said.