Steele Dossier Source Arrested As Part of Durham Probe Into Russia Collusion Hoax

A key figure in the Russia collusion hoax was arrested on Thursday in Special Counsel John Durham’s years-long investigation into the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation, which weaponized the Democrats’ opposition research into former president Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

According to the New York Times, Igor Danchenko, the primary researcher behind the now debunked and discredited Steele dossier, has been arrested under sealed indictment.

Danchenko worked for Steele’s firm, Orbis Business International, which subcontracted to notorious opposition research firm, Fusion GPS. The Democrat law firm Perkins Coie, which was working for the Hillary Clinton campaign, hired Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on then-candidate Trump.

Danchenko was investigated during the Obama administration as part of a probe into suspected Russian intelligence officers operating in Washington, DC.

According to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz in a 2019 report, Danchenko was working for the liberal Brookings Institution at the time.

Attorney Travis Miller (aka @TechnoFog) surmised on Twitter that Danchenko was indicted most likely for making false statements to the FBI.

The analyst told the FBI that he had not had any prior contact with Russian intelligence officers, although the investigation found that he had.

In an interview with The New York Times in 2020, Mr. Danchenko defended the integrity of his work, saying he had been tasked to gather “raw intelligence” and was simply passing it on to Mr. Steele. Mr. Danchenko — who made his name as a Russia analyst by exposing indications that the dissertation of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia contained plagiarized material — also denied being a Russian agent.

“I’ve never been a Russian agent,” Mr. Danchenko told the NYT. “It is ridiculous to suggest that. This, I think, it’s slander.”

Danchenko claimed that he didn’t know who Steele’s client was at the time and considered himself “a nonpartisan analyst and researcher.”

The charges against Danchenko follow Durham’s indictment in September of cybersecurity lawyer, Michael Sussmann, who was charged with making false statements to the FBI about who he was working for when he gave agents bogus cyber “evidence” alleging ties between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank in 2016.

Sussmann was working for Perkins Coie at the time.

Durham reportedly issued a new set of subpoenas, including to Perkins Coie, following Sussman’s indictment.


The Federalist’s Sean Davis made an important point on Twitter.

This New York Times “scoop” was written by political operatives Adam Goldman and Charlie Savage, who were both major peddlers of the Russia Collusion hoax during its heyday. Goldman even won a Pulitzer for his fake news reporting.



Techno Fog has seen and analyzed the indictment:

Overall, Danchenko faces five false statement charges:

Falsely denying he didn’t talk to the Democrat PR executive (Dolan) about the dossier allegations.

Falsely stating he took a 2016 call from Russian Sergei Millian (whom he says alleged a Trump/Russia conspiracy).

Falsely stating in another FBI interview that he took the 2016 call from Millian.

Falsely stating he talked to Millian more than once over the phone.

False in another FBI interview about his conversations with Millian.

Renewed waves of distrust and disdain towards the Justice Department hit conservative Twitter as the new information came out.


Danchenko plied longtime Democrat operative Charles Dolan for dirt on Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, and then fed the dirt to Steele, who put it in his dossier.

In 2014, Dolan posed for a picture with his pal Joe Biden.

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.