John Durham, Special Counsel to Igor Danchenko has requested that a federal court issue more than twenty-six subpoenas in connection with his trial. The Russian national is accused of lying about being connected to the anti-Trump dossier.
Durham requested this week that 30 subpoenas were issued to individuals for testimony on behalf of the government in Danchenko’s trial. The trial is scheduled to start Oct. 11.
Fox News reviewed the court filing and found that Durham’s identities were not revealed in it.
Five counts of making false statements were brought against Danchenko by the FBI. These charges stemmed out of statements Danchenko made regarding sources he used to provide information to an investigation firm in the U.K.
Danchenko is thought to be the source for Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer who created the dossier that was used as the basis of warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act against Carter Page.
The Democratic National Committee funded the dossier, as well as Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign through Perkins Coie.
According to the indictment Danchenko falsely stated that he had provided information to a U.K. investigation firm in March, May and June 2017, October, and November 2017. This information was later included in reports that were prepared by the firm, and then passed on to the FBI.
According to the June 15, 2017 false statement count, Danchenko claimed that he did not speak with any particular person about material information in the “Company Reports”, even though he knew it was false.
“The anonymous caller claimed to have relayed information that included allegations that Trump campaign officials were communicating with Russian officials, and that the caller had suggested that the Kremlin might help Trump win,” Durham’s office stated in a statement last January.
After the nearly two-week-long trial for Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, Durham’s team has shifted their attention to Danchenko.
In May, a jury found Sussmann innocent of lying to the FBI about September 2016. He claimed he wasn’t working for any client and that he didn’t make false statements when he presented information about a secret communications channel between Russia’s Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization.
The jury found that Durham’s team failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt Sussmann’s lie and that he was actually working for Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Sussmann was accused of one count of making false statements to the FBI in his September 19, 2016 meeting with James Baker, then-FBI General Counsel.
Durham has indicted three individuals as part of his investigation. They are Sussmann (September 2021), Danchenko (November 2021) and Kevin Clinesmith (August 2020).
Clinesmith was also accused of making a false confession. Clinesmith was referred to the Justice Department’s inspector General’s Office for possible prosecution. This office conducted its own review on the Russia investigation.
Clinesmith was accused by the inspector general of altering an email concerning Trump campaign aide Carter Page in order to claim that he was not a source for any other government agency. Page claimed he was a source of the CIA. As it submitted its third renewal application for 2017, the DOJ relied upon that assertion to spy on Page under Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
According to a special counsel scope order, Durham is authorized to investigate “whether any federal official, employee, or any other person or entity violated law in connection to the intelligence, counterintelligence, or law-enforcement activity directed at the 2016 presidential campaign, individuals associated those campaigns, or individuals associated with President Donald J. Trump’s administration, including Crossfire Hurricane and Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III”.
U.S. Code states that the special counsel must produce a “confidential Report” and is required to submit to the Attorney General a final and any interim reports he considers appropriate in a format that permits public dissemination.