Federal authorities arrested Russian analyst Igor Danchenko on Thursday. Danchenko was the “primary researcher behind the Steele Dossier, a collection of unsubstantiated opposition research linking the 2016 Trump campaign to the Kremlin” reports National Review.
Individuals with direct knowledge of the matter told the New York Times Danchenko’s indictment is the result of John Durham’s federal probe. Durham was tapped by the Trump administration to audit the Russia investigation.
The Steele dossier began the Russia collusion hoax that claimed Trump “accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals.” Just months following the 2016 presidential election, it was determined that Steele and Danchenko’s “research” was either unverified or erroneous.
The Steele dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign through its law firm Perkins Coie. Steele was eventually accused of peddling the Russian interference hoax to subvert Trump’s presidential campaign.
Perkins Coie also employed Clinton’s campaign lawyer and former federal prosecutor Michael Sussmann. Sussmann was charged recently for making a false statement to the FBI about the Trump Organization’s use of a secret server to communicate with the Kremlin-connected Russian bank Alfa Bank.
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BREAKING: House fails to pass stopgap funding bill to avoid government shutdown
The House of Representatives failed to pass a continuing resolution negotiated between conservative and moderate House Republicans in an effort to avoid a government shutdown.
The Spending Reduction and Border Security Act was introduced by Republican Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida on Sept. 18, following negotiations between the conservative House Freedom Caucus and centrist Main Street Caucus, as a compromise between divided factions of the House Republican Conference to achieve unanimity while avoiding a government shutdown. The bill failed the House by a vote of 198 yeas to 232 nays, with all Democrats voting against the bill.
The bill would fund the government until Oct. 31 and cut public spending by 8.1285%, according to the bill’s text. This would yield $1.59 trillion for one month until the House and Senate pass 12 appropriations bills to provide permanent funding for the 2024 fiscal year.
The Biden administration issued a statement on Friday staunchly opposing the bill, claiming that its cuts to public spending were too severe. It indicated that President Joe Biden will veto the bill if it is presented to him, which means it is unlikely to be passed by the Democratic-led Senate, either.
The Senate has been working on its own bipartisan continuing resolution to fund the government, which includes funding for Ukraine. House Republicans have criticized the bill, with Donalds saying that it is “dead on arrival” in the House.
Continue reading: Daily Caller
I will not be voting for another continuing resolution. pic.twitter.com/zV5AZDce2Z
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 22, 2023
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