The Same Media that Salivated Over the Steele Dossier Is Silent on Informant’s Indictment

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The media feasted for two years on the lurid allegations within the Steele Dossier. They salivated over the alleged connections between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. But now the same media has largely ignored the indictment of the dossier’s primary source.

And when they have covered Special Prosecutor John Durham’s indictment of Igor Danchenko for lying, they have referred to it as a “smear,” a “so-called” investigation, or proof that the dossier has been “further vetted.”

It was just on November 3rd that John Durham issued a 39-page indictment of Igor Danchenko. He is a U.S.-based Russian citizen who formerly worked at the Brookings Institution. It was at this left of center organization that Fiona Hill introduced Danchenko to Christopher Steele. He was hired by the Democratic National Committee to put together a dossier of allegations about the Trump campaign’s connections to Moscow in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Danchenko manufactured unfounded rumors like claiming that future President Trump once hired Russian prostitutes to urinate on a Moscow bed where Barack Obama had slept.

The indictment also stated that Danchenko was responsible for “the allegation that there were communications ongoing between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and that … the Kremlin might be of help in getting Trump elected.”

And solely based on Danchenko’s alleged inside sources, the FBI wrote that there was “a well-developed conspiracy of cooperation between [the Trump campaign] and the Russian leadership.” The FBI actually stated that this was because Vladimir Putin “feared” Hillary Clinton. And the FBI used the dossier to ask for four successive warrants to spy on Trump campaign official Carter Page. All of this information turned out to be false.

Danchencko told the FBI that he obtained his information from Russians with direct knowledge of the allegations. But an American public relations executive named Charles Dolan Jr. has come forward as the initial source of the false information.

The special prosecutor has charged Danchenko with five counts of making false statements to federal investigators. He could now face a fine and up to five years in prison for each of the five counts.

These false allegations fueled hours and hours of talk on CNN and MSNBC during the last campaign. But the refutation has had very little air on prime-time TV. The hosts of the news programs continue to lead their broadcasts with in-depth coverage of congressional subpoenas against former Trump administration officials, but they have all but ignored the Danchenko indictment.

Nicolle Wallace, the host of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” recently claimed that the indictment merely meant the Steele dossier was being “further vetted.”

“If you peek over at right-wing media, they are still taking a victory lap and feeling avenged around the dossier being further vetted,” she said. Wallace actually said that “most” people covered the dossier as something unvetted but something that was “out there.” And she did say that some people went farther than that.

Rachel Maddow is the only prime-time host to cover the indictment in prime time, on November 4. “The unmistakable impression is that this indictment is designed to smear Christopher Steele’s intelligence reports as things that were deliberately made up and concocted by rascally Democrats.”

But then she attempted to support the truth of the dossier by interviewing former FBI agent Peter Strzok.

It was MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson that referred to the indictment as the product of “the so-called Durham investigation.”

The reality is that the FBI dismissed allegations that the Trump campaign maintained a server that communicated with Moscow.