from RT Website
and US President Donald Trump
attend a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit
in Osaka, Japan June 28, 2019.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Klimentyev / Kremlin
The origin of the scandal was the infamous "Steele dossier," assembled by former British spy Christopher Steele, who had been commissioned by the American company Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Trump on behalf of the US Democratic Party.
Steele then paid
Danchenko to do the work for him.
And it's here that things
begin to get truly interesting.
And so it turns out that the allegations that Trump was a Russian agent hinged on a report commissioned by the Democratic Party, which relied heavily on information provided by somebody who was once an official in that party.
The corrupt circularity
of it is quite extraordinary.
For as the indictment says, Dolan was employed,
It turns out that it
wasn't the Republicans but the Democrats who were
chummy with the Russians. The irony...!
Danchenko was quite clear about his purpose, telling Dolan that he wanted to hear,
Clearly, this wasn't a
piece of neutral research, but a hatchet job for which any old rumor
This becomes clear in the
parts of the indictment dealing with the famous "pee-pee tape" - an
alleged video-recording of Trump cavorting with prostitutes in a
Moscow hotel while they urinated on the bed in the presidential
The manager and staff
member are thus identified as the persons mentioned in the Steele
dossier as "Source E" and "Source F," who supposedly revealed the
existence of the infamous videotape.
In short, the story of the "pee-pee tape" is a fabrication, pure and simple.
For instance, Danchenko wrote in the dossier that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had been fired due to infighting in the Republican camp, citing Dolan as having told him that he learned this from a meeting with a "GOP insider."
But Dolan then told the FBI that in reality he,
Fabrication once again.
The dossier made hay with claims of a "well-developed conspiracy of cooperation" between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
Danchenko told the FBI that his source was an anonymous telephone call from someone whom he believed was "Chamber President-1," identified as Sergei Millian, the head of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce.
But even if it had been true, it wouldn't have been much better.
Anonymous phone calls are hardly reliable sources.
Again and again in its indictment of Danchenko, the FBI accuses him of having serious impeded the course of justice with his false statements.
fabrications, the FBI complains, helped send it off on wild
goose chases while preventing it from properly investigating the
The organization's real errors came long before it got its hands on Danchenko, when it used the dossier to investigate Trump and, among other things, request the wiretapping of one-time Trump adviser Carter Page on the entirely false grounds that he was a Russian agent.
The real problem was not
that Danchenko lied to the FBI (if he did), but that the FBI
believed the nonsense that he published in the dossier.
Sensible commentators pointed this out the moment it was published.
Yet the FBI believed it and invested considerable resources in following up its claims, in the process blackening the name of innocents, such as Carter Page.
That is entirely the
FBI's fault, no one else's.
Sadly, one doubts that any of them will ever be held to account...