Trump-Russia Steele file analyst Igor Danchenko pleads not responsible in FBI lie case prosecuted by John Durham

Russian analyst Igor Danchenko arrives on the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse earlier than being arraigned on November 10, 2021 in Alexandria, Virginia.

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The analyst charged with mendacity to FBI brokers about his work on a controversial Steele File linking Russia to former President Donald Trump pleaded not responsible Wednesday throughout his arraignment in federal court docket in Alexandria, Virginia.

A decide additionally set a tentative trial date of April 18 for the analyst, 43-year-old Russian nationwide Igor Danchenko, who stays free on a $150,000 bond.

Assistant particular counsel Michael Keilty, who’s prosecuting Danchenko, advised Choose Anthony Trenga {that a} “huge quantity” of categorised materials might be included within the alternate of proof with the defendant’s attorneys, NBC Information reported.

Danchenko’s lawyer Mark Schamel, in a press release issued Monday, blasted the indictment in opposition to his consumer, and stated, “We are going to expose how Mr. Danchenko has been unfairly maligned by these false allegations.”

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The Virginia resident Danchenko was charged final week with 5 counts of constructing false statements to the FBI throughout interviews in 2017 about his work offering data to Christopher Steele, the previous British spy who authored the file.

Danchenko is the third particular person charged as a part of a probe by particular counsel John Durham, who was appointed throughout the Trump administration to research the origins of the federal probe into the Trump marketing campaign’s suspected coordination with Russian brokers to affect the end result of the 2016 presidential election. The Republican Trump confronted off in that race in opposition to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee.

Steele’s file was utilized by the FBI to justify a warrant software to faucet the cellphone of former Trump marketing campaign advisor Carter Web page a month earlier than Election Day in 2016. The file had been funded by the agency Fusion GPS, which itself had been employed by the Democratic Nationwide Committee to conduct opposition analysis on the then-Republican candidate Trump.

Danchenko is accused of mendacity to FBI brokers when he advised them he by no means communicated with a public relations government energetic in Democratic politics about allegations in Steele’s reviews.

That government, Charles Dolan Jr., served as state chairman of the Virginia presidential campaigns of President Invoice Clinton in 1992 and 1996, and is a former government director of the Democratic Governors’ Affiliation.

Danchenko is also accused of falsely telling brokers that he acquired an nameless cellphone name in July 2016 from an individual he believed to be the then-president of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce about data that Steele later stated advised a “conspiracy of cooperation” between Trump’s marketing campaign and Russian officers.

Danchenko’s lawyer Schamel, in his assertion earlier this week, stated, “The particular counsel’s use of a ‘talking indictment’ that presents a false narrative designed to humiliate and slander a famend professional in enterprise intelligence for political achieve is opposite to many years of Division of Justice coverage.”

“Mr. Danchenko is a revered analysis analyst who uncovered and uncovered [Russia President] Vladimir Putin’s plagiarized Ph.D. thesis and whose work has been acknowledged everywhere in the world for its mental rigor and accuracy,” Schamel stated. “Mr. Danchenko’s physique of labor, for the USA, is above reproach.”

“For the previous 5 years, these with an agenda have sought to reveal Mr. Danchenko’s id and tarnish his repute whereas undermining U.S. Nationwide Safety,” the lawyer stated. “From the second he was inappropriately revealed, he has been the main target of unrelenting politically motivated assaults. This newest injustice is not going to stand. We are going to expose how Mr. Danchenko has been unfairly maligned by these false allegations.”

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