Posted originally on the conservative tree house on September 13, 2022 | Sundance
This is sickening to read, and perhaps even more sickening to accept. CTH has long outlined the belief that Bill Barr was the Bondo application to cover the DOJ and FBI institutional rot, and John Durham was the ongoing spray paint application.
The bottom line is an ongoing DC operation to preserve the institutional credibility of the justice system. A credibility, which is – at this point, entirely destroyed – yet the effort continues.
In a court motion today [pdf HERE], special prosecutor John Durham outlines the case against Christopher Steele’s primary source, Igor Danchenko. For more granular information about the filing itself, visit Techno Fog [review article HERE].
The basic legal case brought by Durham is predicated on the notion that Christopher Steele’s source for his dossier, Igor Danchenko, willfully and intentionally lied to the FBI, and therefore Danchenko is guilty of purposefully misleading FBI investigators assigned to the Trump-Russia/”crossfire hurricane” investigation.
This is where we must stop pretending. The Durham premise of a “duped FBI” is laughable on its face. No one in the FBI or DOJ-NSD was “duped” by false information from Igor Danchenko.
The lies, as they were with Clinton lawyer Michael Sussman, were well known to be false, yet materially beneficial to the unspoken intention of the DOJ/FBI, which was to target Donald Trump. The corrupt intent of the DOJ and FBI is the basic rot John Durham was appointed to cover over.
John Durham is running a Deep State cover operation to protect the institutions of the DOJ and FBI from evidence of their prior activity. The bulls**t of pretending this is not his motive is, well, quite simply nonsense and needs to stop. Look at today’s filing itself, overlay the timeline and you can see the corrupt intention of the FBI and John Durham’s clear objective is to cover for them.
The big picture takeaway is right there on the second page. Pay attention to the dates.
CONTEXT – From January 2017 through October 2020 the FBI was using Danchenko as part of its investigation. This includes the entire timeline of the Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissmann special counsel operation which took place from May 2017 to April 2019.
Danchenko was Christopher Steele’s primary source for information he put into his “dossier”. The DOJ-NSD and FBI used the Steele Dossier in lieu of a valid ‘wood’s file’ to support the FISA surveillance and search warrant application against Carter Page. The title-1 warrant gave the DOJ-NSD and FBI the ability to conduct surveillance over Donald Trump as a candidate and as a President. The warrant was issued in October 2016 and renewed thrice in 2017 (Jan, April, June).
The warrant was used to conduct electronic surveillance of President Trump during the time he was in office. Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissmann renewed the warrant to support their targeting of Trump and officials in his orbit. Most of the evidence gathered by Weissmann/Mueller was captured using surveillance legally authorized by the FISA warrant.
Without the Steele Dossier, there wouldn’t be evidence to support the FISA application. Without the FISA warrant there wouldn’t be legal surveillance of Trump. This is the importance of the Steele Dossier and as a consequence the importance of Igor Danchenko who provided the fabricated material within the dossier.
♦ We already knew from the Inspector General report on the Carter Page FISA application, the FBI had interviewed Danchenko in January of 2017, within days of filing for the first renewal of the Carter Page Title-1 surveillance warrant. However, we learn today -for the first time- the FBI hired Danchenko as a “paid confidential human source” following that interview.
According to Durham, Danchenko remained a paid informant of the FBI all the way to October 2020. Not coincidentally the same time when John Durham was officially appointed by Bill Barr.
So, let’s just stand back and look at this bulls**t scheme for what it is….
The FBI interviews and questions Igor Danchenko in January 2017 about the information in the Steele Dossier. Danchenko tells them the material he provided to Chris Steele was all hearsay, word-of-mouth, said in jest, bar talk. Essentially, nonsense [OIG report on those encounters]
Danchenko tells the FBI the material in the dossier was crap. Therefore, the underlying information that supported the FISA application was crap.
The FBI knows the information is crap, yet the FBI still used the dossier to get the first renewal of the FISA warrant (January 2017). The original application (Oct. ’16) and the first renewal (Jan. ’17) are word-for-word and page-for-page identical. The FBI and DOJ added nothing; they simply re-filed the exact same documents for the warrant renewal.
AFTER the January 2017 interview, the FBI hires Igor Danchenko as a paid confidential human source. This move can only be seen for what it was, the DOJ/FBI needed to mitigate the damage Danchenko could bring to their surveillance warrant authority, so the FBI hired him.
AFTER hiring Danchenko the DOJ/FBI then reinterviewed him before refiling the second renewal in April. With Danchenko on their payroll they don’t need to worry about him undermining the narrative or speaking the truth about the dossier. This approach protects their warrant. The surveillance warrant is renewed.
AFTER Robert Mueller is appointed special counsel in May 2017, with Danchenko still on the FBI payroll and under control… Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissmann now submit the FISA application for another renewal on June 29, 2017.
The reason to keep Danchenko on the FBI payroll is to mitigate any risk he might present if he were to speak.
As you can see from the Durham filing, Danchenko was kept on the FBI payroll throughout the Robert Mueller investigation and the special counsel also interviewed him several times. When Danchenko is interviewed on June 15, 2017, he is being interviewed as part of the Mueller operation. That interview was before Mueller renewed the FISA application on June 29th.
Igor Danchenko was kept on the FBI payroll from March 2017 through October 2020.
So, what happened in October 2020?
John Durham was officially appointed as Special Counsel by Bill Barr.
Follow the timeline:
Danchenko interviewed by FBI in January 2017. Tells FBI dossier is junk.
FBI hires Danchenko in March 2017 just before renewing the FISA they now know is based on junk.
May 2017 Robert Mueller appointed to cover up all of the DOJ/FBI corruption that existed in the Trump targeting.
June 2017 Mueller interviews Danchenko, then renews the FISA.
February 2019, Bill Barr enters as Attorney General.
April 2019 Robert Mueller completes investigation.
May 2019, Bill Barr appoints Durham just to look into things. Immediately then begs Trump not to declassify any documents. Trump writes executive order giving Bill Barr ability to review and declassify documents.
October 2020, Bill Barr officially (and quietly), makes John Durham a special counsel. We don’t find out until December (after the Nov election).
October 2020, FBI drops Igor Danchenko as paid informant.
Put it all together and you see the continuum.
(1) Donald Trump was being targeted by a corrupt DOJ and FBI. (2) Robert Mueller was installed in May 2017 to cover up the targeting. (3) When Mueller is nearing his completion, Bill Barr steps in to mitigate institutional damage from 1 and 2. (4) Barr maintains damage control and installs Durham. (5) Durham takes over the coverup operation from October 2020 (Danchenko safe to exit) through today.
Main Justice kept a bag over Danchenko until they needed a scapegoat, created by Durham, to sell a narrative that Main Justice was duped. John Durham is charging Danchenko (working outside govt) with lying to the FBI while simultaneously avoiding drawing attention to the FBI/DOJ officials (inside govt) who knew Danchenko was lying and were willfully blind to it in order to continue attacking and investigating President Donald Trump.
James Comey, Robert Mueller, Bill Barr, John Durham, the Mar-a-Lago raid… it’s all one long continuum of the same targeting and coverup operation.
Bill Barr was the Bondo application and John Durham is the spray paint.
The entire system is corrupt.