Analyst behind Steele dossier claiming Donald Trump conspired with Russia arrested

Investigators with Special Counsel John Durham (top left) reportedly arrested analyst Igor Danchenko (right) behind the Steele dossier which claimed former Donald Trump (bottom left) had been compromised by Russian intelligence (Pictures: AFP/Reuters)

Federal authorities have arrested a Russian analyst who contributed to the Steele dossier, which alleged that former President Donald Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia to beat Hillary Clinton.

Igor Danchenko, the primary researcher of the dossier, was arrested on Thursday, sources told The New York Times.

The arrest was part of Trump administration appointee Special Counsel John Durham’s probe into wrongdoing in the Russia investigation, the sources said.

Danchenko provided information to British ex-spy Christopher Steele, whose dossier of unproven claims suggested that Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign were compromised by Russian intelligence officials helping him to defeat Democratic candidate Clinton.

While many of the dossier’s claims are not proven or debunked, the FBI cited it in a secret warrant application to spy on a Trump campaign adviser.

Charges against Danchenko were not clear.

Trump has denied conspiring with Russia during his 2016 campaign and blamed his political opponents for the allegations.

Trump administration Attorney General Bill Barr appointed Durham as special counsel in October 2020, to investigate whether the FBI’s probe on the ex-president and Russia was carried out legally.

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