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On Wednesday, Special counsel John Durham filed a motion to block Igor Danchenko from using classified intelligence as part of his defense in his upcoming trial. Danchenko was a key source in the anti-Trump Steele Dossier.

The Washington Times reports:

A brief, one-page order accompanying the motion says the government objects to the “use, relevance and admissibility” of the classified information.

Earlier this month, Mr. Danchenko filed his own motion signaling that he intends to use classified information in his defense. That motion was also filed under seal and did not offer any more details on how the materials could help defense attorneys make their case.

The government has already provided Mr. Danchenko’s attorneys with 5,000 classified documents and 61,000 unclassified documents, according to a court filing in May.

Mr. Danchenko last fall was charged with repeatedly lying to the FBI about how he compiled information for British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s salacious and unverified dossier that was filled with now-debunked accusations tying former President Donald Trump to Russia.

Mr. Durham was selected by Trump’s Attorney General William P. Barr in 2019 to investigate allegations of misconduct by the FBI and other U.S, intelligence agencies probing allegations of collusion between then-candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government.

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