WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted the Russian analyst who contributed to the “Steele dossier” alleging potential ties between Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and Russia, a special prosecutor investigating the matter said on Thursday.
Analyst Igor Danchenko is accused of five counts of making false statements to the FBI relating to sources for the material he gave a British firm that prepared the dossier, said John Durham, the special prosecutor appointed by the U.S. Justice Department during Trump’s administration.
Danchenko was due to appear in court on Thursday.
The indictment alleges that between June and November 2017, Danchenko made false statements regarding the sources of certain information he provided to a British investigative firm which Durham did not identify.
Sources identified the firm to Reuters as having been linked to former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
The dossier, which was circulated to the FBI and media outlets before the November 2016 election, set out still-unproven assertions that Russia had embarrassing information about the Republican Trump and some of his campaign advisers and that Moscow was working behind the scenes to defeat his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.