Special counsel John Durham, who was charged with investigating the origins of the so-called “Russia investigation” has requested a federal court issue 30 subpoenas for testimony in his next big case against Russian informant Igor Danchenko.
Danchenko is suspected of being the primary informant of the infamous and now largely debunked Steele Dossier, which served as a main source of information in the Trump-Russia investigation. Danchenko’s trial is scheduled for October. He is charged with five counts of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Durham requested that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issue thirty subpoenas to individuals who have not been named, notifying them to testify in federal court on behalf of the United States government. According to The Gazette, the subpoenas read, “YOU ARE COMMANDED to appear.”
Durham’s case against Danchenko comes weeks after his defeat in the case against Democratic lawyer Michael Sussman, who Durham accused of lying to the FBI when he failed to tell former FBI General Counsel James Baker he was working for the Clinton campaign at the time he brought information to Baker about what he believed may be ties between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank tied to the Kremlin. Sussman was found not guilty in late May.
Durham has obtained one guilty plea from former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted to doctoring an email that authorized the wire-tapping of a former Trump campaign aide. Clinesmith was sentenced in 2020 to one year of probation and 400 hours of community service.
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