Igor Danchenko, the Russian national who served as the primary sub-source for Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier, is currently on trial on charges of making false statements to the FBI. The trial continues to uncover more information about the FBI paying for information, and now, testimony has revealed that the FBI gave Danchenko $200,000 over the course of 3.5 years.
FBI Special Agent Kevin Helson testified that Danchenko, who served as a confidential source from 2017 to late 2020, would sometimes be paid $3,000 by the bureau just for one meeting.
This revelation comes just days after FBI supervisory counterintelligence analyst Brian Auten testified in the trial, alleging that the FBI offered Steele $1 million in 2017 to corroborate the claims made in his Fusion GPS opposition research memo, which was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Steele was unable to do so.
Auten testified that he and a group of FBI agents went overseas in early October 2021 to speak with Steele about the dossier. During questioning by Special Counsel John Durham on Tuesday, Auten said that during those meetings the FBI offered Steele $1 million if he could corroborate allegations in the dossier. Auten testified that Steele could not do so.
This whole trial is the result of a years-long investigation by Special Counsel John Durham who has been looking into the origins of the infamous Steele Dossier that