Russian source of Trump-Kremlin allegations acquitted of lying to FBI


A Russian analyst who provided explosive details to the so-called ‘Steele dossier’ which alleged close ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia has been acquitted on charges of lying to the FBI about the sources of his intelligence, Reuters reported.

Igor Danchenko, a Russian-born researcher, was acquitted by a US jury on Tuesday on four counts.

“While we are disappointed with the outcome, we respect the jury’s decision and thank them for their service,” said special counsel John Durham, who was appointed in 2019 to lead the FBI’s investigation into whether members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.

Danchenko, who is based in the United States, was charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI in 2017 about sources of intelligence he provided to perpetrators of the Trump-Russia dossier.

Danchenko was accused of misleading the FBI by claiming he never “spoke” to Charles Dolan – a Democratic operative and public relations officer – about anything in the case when in fact they had communicated in writing.

The judge dismissed one of five charges against Danchenko relating to his communications with Dolan last week and allowed the jury to decide the other four charges.

Those charges accused Danchenko of lying to the FBI by claiming he spoke to Sergei Millian, the former president of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, to gather information later used in the case.

Danchenko’s lawyers said their client received an anonymous call from someone Danchenko suspected was Millian, but he told officers he wasn’t sure it was him.


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