Headline RoundupNovember 9th, 2021

Perspectives: Durham Probe Indicts Steele Dossier Source

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Last Thursday, the primary source for the 2016 “Steele dossier” of allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump was arrested and charged with lying to the FBI.

The charges came as part of special counsel John Durham’s probe of the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The source, Russian analyst Igor Danchenko, provided British ex-spy Christopher Steele with information, much of which the FBI said was based on exaggerations and lies. The Durham probe’s indictment also alleges that some of Danchenko’s information came not from the Kremlin, but from an unnamed person active in Democratic politics who was later confirmed to be Charles Dolan Jr. 

Outlets from across the spectrum published opinion articles on the indictment. News coverage was much more common and prominent on the right, with some right-rated outlets reporting on the Washington Post (Lean Left) media columnist’s criticism of outlets like CNN and MSNBC for advancing an anti-Trump narrative without proper evidence. Updated 11/9 at 5:04 p.m. ET with new articles.

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