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Trump-Russia Dossier Source Goes on Trial for Allegedly Lying to the FBI

  • Igor Danchenko, source of ‘salacious’ Trump tips, is on trial
  • Defense claims case is ‘extraordinary’ government overreach
Igor Danchenko

Igor Danchenko

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A Russian analyst who unearthed dubious claims about former President Donald Trump and his alleged ties to Russia before the 2016 election goes on trial Tuesday on charges he lied to the FBI.

Igor Danchenko was a key source for the so-called Steele dossier. He provided some of the most salacious and unverified details in the report, including claims of a sexual nature that Trump’s critics pounced on to suggest the Russian government might have material to blackmail him.