New York Post
Dossier is on deck in docket
The trial of former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann is set to be followed by special counsel John Durham’s case against a source of discredited reports in the infamous “Steele dossier” — with potentially more prosecutions to come.
Like Sussmann, Igor Danchenko — who faces trial in Virginia in October — is accused of lying to the FBI, including denying that public relations executive Charles “Chuck” Dolan Jr., a longtime Bill and Hillary Clinton supporter, provided him with information he passed along to former British spy Christopher Steele for opposition research against former President Donald Trump.
The material allegedly included elements of the salacious allegation that Russian intelligence had a recording of prostitutes urinating on a bed in the presidential suite of Moscow’s Ritz-Carlton at Trump’s direction because former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama had slept in it.
Dolan appeared shocked after the dossier was published by BuzzFeed shortly before Trump’s 2017 inauguration.
Sussmann and Danchenko have pleaded not guilty.
Former high-ranking Justice Department prosecutor Jim Trusty said “the big question with the Durham probe is whether it goes further up one of two chains.”
One involves whether the alleged wrongdoing of Sussmann goes “all the way up the ladder” of Hillary Clinton’s campaign to the candidate herself, said Trusty.
Other potential targets include FBI officials who may have “knowingly” used false information to mislead the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to authorize wiretaps against former Trump campaign associate Carter Page, Trusty said.