Special counsel John Durham requested a federal court issue 30 subpoenas for testimony in the trial against Igor Danchenko, the alleged main source for British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier.
Danchenko has been charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI, which Durham alleges were made about information provided to Steele for the dossier, according to the Washington Examiner.
The Department of Justice’s watchdog said FBI interviews with Danchenko “raised significant questions questions about the reliability of the Steele election reporting”.
In a short court filing, Durham asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to issue “thirty subpoenas” for an “appearance before said Court at Alexandria, Virginia,” starting on Oct. 11 “to testify on behalf of the United States.”
The 30 potential witnesses are not named in the filing.
Danchenko has pleaded not guilty and will stand trial this October.
Durham’s investigation has already resulted in a guilty plea from former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted to falsifying a document during the bureau’s renewal of its surveillance authority against former Trump campaign associate Carter Page.