The Department of Justice Special Counsel John Durham led an investigation about the ‘Russia Hoax’ leveled against former President Donald Trump back in 2016.

The investigation has recently led Durham to the Brookings Institution, a think tank located in Washington, D.C., thought to be closely aligned with the Democratic Party.

Durham has reportedly utilized a subpoena to extract data from the Washington-based think tank, and the main topic of the subpoena was Brookings’s past employment of Igor Danchencko, who worked as a Brookings Institution researcher from 2005 to 2010.

Danchenko visited Moscow in 2016 and was considered by the FBI as an ally of the Russian intelligence.

Regarding Durham’s investigation, Danchencko is most relevant as an aide of a former MI6 agent Christopher Steele and as such, was identified by the FBI as the main source of notes included in the so-called Steele dossier.


The notes were primarily centered on topics surrounding Trump’s alleged connections with Russia.

The Steele dossier played a crucial role in the FBI’s action against Trump’s 2016 campaign adviser Carter Page.

As for today, Page has not faced any charges, and the dossier is widely believed to be untrue.

Danchencko’s background

It took several years until, in December 2016, FBI agents managed to discover Danchencko’s identity.

Before that, Danchencko reportedly took part in several actions that proved to be relevant for the investigation.

In 2009 and 2010, the Brookings Institution researcher seemingly asked some members of the Obama Administration if they would be willing to share information ‘relevant for the Brookings Institution’s work’.

The fact that such queries might have occurred only solidified the FBI’s suspicion that Danchencko operated as an intelligence agent working for the Russian government.


Soon after the end of his engagement with the Brookings Institution, Danchencko mysteriously left the U.S., eventually coming back and establishing the relationship with Steele.

Steele is thought to have instructed Danchencko to utilize his network of contacts in Russia to obtain information relevant for the former MI6 agent’s clients.

One of Steele’s clients has likely been Hillary Clinton, whose accusations against former President Trump centered around his alleged ties with Russia.