BY JACK CROWE
September 28, 2020
THE NOMINATION OF JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT to the Supreme Court on Saturday — and the resulting confirmation battle — will suck up whatever oxygen remains in this fall’s already crowded political news environment, all but guaranteeing that the damning revelations emerging from the multiple ongoing investigations into the origins of the Russia probe will pass without mention in the mainstream press.
As rumors swirled about Barrett’s nomination late last week, Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsay Graham, whose panel is conducting an investigation into the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane probe, revealed that the “primary subsource” behind the Steele dossier was himself the target of an FBI counterintelligence investigation from 2009-2011 over concerns that he posed a “threat to national security.”
FBI documents released by Graham reveal that former British spy Christopher Steele relied on the Ukrainian-born Igor Danchenko as his subsource for much of the information contained in his salacious dossier.
Danchenko, who was trained as a lawyer in Russia and worked for the Brookings Institution in Washington from 2005-2010, had connections to Russian intelligence and tried to recruit two people connected to “an influential foreign policy advisor in the Obama administration,” telling the pair that if they “did get a job in the government and had access to classified information,” he had a way for them “to make a little extra money.”
Danchenko also had contact with two other individuals who were the subjects of “FBI counterintelligence subjects” and had contact with “the Russian Embassy and known Russian intelligence officers.” The FBI investigation into Danchenko only ended because he left the country.
So, to recap: the Steele dossier, which played a “central and essential role” in the FBI’s decision and ability to seek a FISA warrant against Trump national-security adviser Carter Page — on the suspicion that he was colluding with the Kremlin — was based primarily on information provided by someone who the FBI had reason to believe was a Russian spy himself.
And the FBI knew all of this before Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, which succeeded Crossfire Hurricane, even began. They identified Danchenko as Steele’s primary subsource in December 2016 — but chose to continue the investigations anyway.
All of this information warranted next to no coverage in the country’s major newspapers, which, if they covered the news at all, decided to instead focus on Republicans’ reaction.
Graham said Sunday that last week’s revelation is just the beginning.
“There’s a day of reckoning coming just stay tuned, and there’s more coming, there’s something else coming, more damning than this believe it or not,” he told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo.
And that’s to say nothing of the parallel investigation being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham. Subtract the pandemic, a Supreme Court confirmation battle that could cement a conservative majority for a generation, and an election tha