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OPINION: America is the jury as Durham exposes FBI in Danchenko trial



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As a federal jury in Virginia started its deliberations Monday in the criminal case against Igor Danchenko, Special Counsel John Durham’s final court trial revealed that neither the FBI, nor other intelligence officials involved in the investigation into the fake dossier compiled by a former British spy, had any evidence what-so-ever that President Trump conspired with Russia.

These revelations can’t change the past and they won’t change the minds of those who hate Trump but it does set the record straight. Moreover, the trial exposed that the FBI actually knew that the dossier was bogus as early as January, 2017, yet used it against President Trump and others,  like short term campaign volunteer Carter Page.  The dossier was an integral part of obtaining a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to spy on Page and those he communicated with. The FBI clearly violated Page’s constitutional rights.

It was what journalists John Solomon and I had argued early on, when the majority of media outlets disseminated the false narrative from high level sources in the government that Trump was conspiring with Russia. It was the king of lies.

The bureau and other intelligence agencies used the fake dossier compiled by former MI-6 spy Christopher Steele, as a political weapon against a sitting U.S. president and the American people.

Durham deserves credit for being so sleuth against a system that is crooked. Durham’s trial proved the 2018 reports exposing the FBI’s culpability under then House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-CA.  In fact, it takes those reports one major step forward, exposing that by January, 2017 the FBI already knew from witnesses that the dossier was a lie.

It was a lie because Danchenko, who was working at the Brookings Institution think-tank, had told the bureau that the information in the dossier couldn’t be confirmed. What he allegedly didn’t tell the FBI, according to Durham, is that some of the erroneous information within the dossier that he delivered to Steele came from a Hillary Clinton supporter and friend Charles Dolan. Dolan, who was closely connected to Russia, appeared as a witness in the trial.

That didn’t stop top government officials, however, that supported Clinton from using the fake dossier to target Trump and in doing irreparable harm to our nation.

In January, 2017 Buzzfeed published the dossier. It was also during that time as well, that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was believed to have leaked information to CNN’s Jake Tapper about the salacious details in the dossier regarding Trump. Clapper did so, after he and his cohorts then CIA director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey briefed Trump in early January, 2017 on the salacious contents of the fake dossier.

And as the jury deliberates this Tuesday over whether or not Danchenko is guilty of lying to the FBI, what has been revealed is far worse than Danchenko’s alleged lies to a source: The FBI not only obstructed justice but its leadership itself complicit in lying to the American people. Sadly, the Department of Justice is not blind. Lady justice has long covered up for the bureau after its bold changes under Edgar J. Hoover into a national police force. Hoover attempted to write his own history  about the bureau but many historians, former colleagues and others exposed that the man who the building is named after operated more like a pseudo-mafia boss or spy. He collected private files on his enemies, expanded the spying on American citizens he deemed as dangerous to the nation, such as civil right’s leaders like Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez. Much like the current FBI did to Trump, agents peddled false information to the media on their subjects, as well as abused their power and weaponized the system.

It was the reason many Americans opposed the creation of a national police force in the early 1900s, when the issue was being debated. Americans feared that it would give the bureaucracy too much centralized power. Because of those concerns it took years before bureau agents were given the authority to carry weapons on the job and that didn’t happen until 1934.

Durham’s closing arguments, however, exposed the very real concern Americans had early on with the creation of a bureau and one that we have to contend with in 2022, if Americans are ever going to gain trust in the establishment again.

Durham’s trial against Danchenko also made it clear that the FBI and Justice Department are so intertwined that there is no-one to hold the bureau accountable when corruption, malfeasance and other possible criminality is exposed. That too has to change.


It appears it may be so based on information revealed during recent testimony delivered at Dancheko’s trial. Danchenko is being charged with five counts of lying to the FBI and he pleaded not guilty to all charges. The trial, in Alexandria, VA, is the last prosecution of Justice Department attorney Durham, who said on Monday “the elephant in the room is the FBI.’

He’s right. It’s the bureau who is really on trial.

Durham’s investigation over the past several years has exposed the FBI’s role in the failed and false Trump-Russia collusion narrative. It was a narrative that permeated the airwaves and cable news networks for years. That is until it was discovered that Steele’s dossier was filled with unverified information, tall tales and paid for as opposition research by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The Steele dossier, however, was used by the FBI as the basis for its investigation into Trump. They dubbed it: Crossfire Hurricane.

The FBI’s investigation led to spying on  Carter Page and collecting his private information after a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant was obtained by the FBI. It was obtained on false-pretenses – suggesting the Steele dossier was verified – when presented to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Page, a one-time Trump campaign volunteer, was then embroiled in an investigation that changed his whole life and even led to threats against his life. Never mind that the FISA warrant was based on false information provided by the FBI in Steele’s dossier. The dossier had not been verified when the warrant was sought, an extreme violation of the court’s standards.

Ongoing investigations over the years by journalists, including this reporter, along with other extensive congressional investigations revealed the extent of the FBI’s failures in its investigation and targeting of U.S. citizens. Durham’s ongoing court trials have also exposed the weaponization of our once trusted federal law enforcement agencies. Still, the revelations have not led to any significant prosecutions.

Politico reporteed that during the trial on Monday Prosecutor Michael Kielty pointed out similarities in the information Democrat operative Charles Dolan provided Danchenko in that 2016 email with information contained in a subsequent report connected to the Steele dossier. It was dated just two days after Dolan sent the email, according to the report.

The connection couldn’t be more clear. Danchenko allegedly lied about Dolan’s role as a source in Steele’s dossier.


‘At one point during questioning, Dolan admitted to having lied to Danchenko in an email in the summer of 2016 about a “GOP friend” he claimed to have met with and who he said provided him with information about former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s resignation. Dolan told the jury that he had “embellished” that claim to Danchenko, and that he had actually obtained the information about Manafort’s resignation from watching cable news, not from a Republican friend.

“I thought I would just embellish a bit to make it seem like his contacts were good,” Dolan said.

Prosecutor Michael Kielty pointed out similarities in the information Dolan provided Danchenko in that 2016 email with information that had ended up in a subsequent report from the dossier, dated just two days after Dolan sent the email. Dolan said that he never provided additional insights to Danchenko, and that he wasn’t aware at the time of why Danchenko was seeking information from him.’ 

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Now we come to the deep dive. It was also during Thursday afternoon’s witness testimony that FBI Special Agent Kevin Helson, who handled Danchenko as a confidential human source, revealed that FBI’s knowledge about Danchenko -Dolan.


Durham questioned Helson about efforts to determine the Durham connection in the summer of 2017. By that time, the Mueller Special Counsel had been ongoing since May 2017 and had, on its own, taken part in the last Carter Page FISA renewal. And if you recall from our last articles, Danchenko had been an FBI CHS since March 2017. Once Mueller was appointed, Helson was the go-between, asking Danchenko questions posed by the then-Special Counsel’s team.

By June 2017, the Mueller Special Counsel had developed information that Democrat Charles Dolan may have been a source of the Steele Dossier. They passed questions about Dolan to Agent Helson:

Q         Who did those [Dolan] questions come from?

A         It came from the Mueller investigative team, particularly Ms. [Amy] Anderson.

Durham also cleaned-up Helson’s sloppiness. The previous day, Helson testified that Danchenko didn’t know the Steele Dossier was going to the FBI. Helson admitted he didn’t have any evidence to support his own conclusion.

Q         You were asked a question yesterday that you adopted — you were asked a question about, well, the defendant didn’t know that Steele’s reports were going to the FBI, and you said yes. Do you have any independent knowledge of that?

A         No.

Q         That’s just what the defendant told you, right?

A         Yeah.

Q         So when you told the jury that he, Mr. Danchenko, didn’t know that they were going to the FBI, you don’t know that to be the case?

A         I had no other knowledge that suggested that, no.

Q         Right. There’s no independent evidence of any sort, correct?

A         Yes, correct.


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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation



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In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.

The charges against Hunter Biden include:

• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm

• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer

•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance

According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.

Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.

The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.

Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.

Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.

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