- The Washington Times - Monday, November 8, 2021

Whether a tree falling in the forest makes a sound is open to debate, but there is little question that a Clintonista falling in the Washington swamp makes a massive splash. Another player in the Russia collusion hoax has, indeed, dropped into the muck, thanks to Special Prosecutor John Durham. A key to repairing Americans’ years of broken trust in government is rewinding the historical tape and exposing the villains responsible for saddling the Trump presidency with their own treasonous behavior.

The recent arrest of Igor Danchenko, a principal source of allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump, suggests Mr. Durham is also tracking an asset of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign who helped cast Republican rival, Mr. Trump, as a Russian tool.

First came charges against FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who pleaded guilty last year to falsifying information presented to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to win permission to spy on the Trump campaign. Second indicted was Washington lawyer Michael Sussmann, who hid his Clinton campaign affiliation when plying the FBI with Trump-Russia collusion allegations contained in a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and funded by the Clinton campaign.

Third is Mr. Danchenko, a Russian employed in 2016 by the liberal Brookings Institution. The indictment charges him with five counts of lying to the FBI regarding the source of “derogatory information … concerning Trump’s purported ties to Russia (the ‘Company Reports’).” The information became the basis for the so-called Steele dossier.

If three’s the charm, No. 4 along the investigative trail could prove the lodestone, a perfidious power within the Clinton circle. Mr. Danchenko falsely denied having communicated with an individual who was “a long-time participant in Democratic Party politics and was then an executive at a U.S. public relations firm (‘PR Executive-l’),” reads the Danchenko indictment. “In truth and in fact, and as Danchenko well knew, Danchenko sourced one or more specific allegations in the Company Reports anonymously to PR Executive-l.”

News reports identify “PR Executive-l” as Charles H. Dolan Jr., a long-time Democrat and adviser to Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaigns. From the communication links already exposed, it is clear that investigators believe Mr. Dolan trafficked lies about Trump-Russia collusion. Mr. Danchenko passed the falsehoods to Mr. Steele, who incorporated them in his dossier. Mr. Sussmann echoed the lies with his whispers to the FBI. Then, the anti-Trump material served as the investigative basis for FBI lawyer Clinesmith’s deception of the FISA court, which led to the government spying on the Trump campaign and subsequent efforts to destroy a sitting president.

“PR Executive-l” Dolan, as well as Messrs. Sussmann and Danchenko, enjoy the presumption of innocence in a court of law. Sadly, Donald Trump was afforded no such presumption in the court of public opinion. Americans deserve to know the role of each Democratic Clintonista involved in the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.

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