I have a column today on DOJ special counsel John Durham’s false-statements indictment of Igor Danchenko, the main source for the discredited Steele dossier that the FBI used as a basis for investigating the Trump campaign as if Donald Trump were a clandestine agent of Russia.
One of the main allegations against Danchenko is that he concealed the fact that the information he provided to Christopher Steele (the former British spy who compiled the dossier on behalf of the Clinton campaign) came from a longtime Democratic Party operative. The indictment does not name the operative, who is alleged to have run a public-relations business in Virginia and to have been close to the Clintons — having worked on both of Bill Clinton’s successful presidential campaigns as well as Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 campaign for the Democratic Party nomination.
Early this afternoon, the excellent reporter Aaron Maté noted that the indictment’s description of “PR Executive-1” fit a Democrat apparatchik named Charles H. Dolan Jr. A published bio noted that Dolan runs a public-relations firm and ran the Clinton/Gore campaigns in Virginia in 1992 and 1996. It elaborates that he is a longtime Democratic Party operative.
This evening, the New York Times reports an acknowledgment from Dolan’s attorney that he is, in fact, the man identified in the Danchenko indictment as PR Executive-1.