- Durham in his closing arguments criticized the FBI for its handling of its informant, Danchenko, and the bureau’s entire Russia collusion probe, saying agents had a “certain mindset” and clearly didn’t do things as they should have.
The judge in the case told Durham to end his criticism of the bureau and conclude his closing argument.
- The verdict is now in the hands of the cases’s 12-member jury in a federal court in Northern Virginia.
- Danchenko was indicted on five federal charges of lying to the FBI about his connections to sources whom he used to contribute to the dossier, named for former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the report for the bureau as it probed possible collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
However, Danchenko supplied about 80% of the content.
- On Friday, District Judge Anthony Trenga dropped the charge that Danchenko lied to the FBI about speaking with source Charles Dolan, a Democrat operative.
- Danchenko has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
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