Lead Durham probe prosecutor Andrew DeFilippis has withdrawn from the upcoming case against Igor Danchenko. Igor Danchenko was a source for the now debunked Steele Dossier.
The trial was set to start on October 16th.
Special Counsel John Durham’s lead prosecutor has withdrawn from the case of Igor Danchenko, a source for the Christopher Steele dossier, less than two months before the trial is scheduled to begin.
The withdrawal came in a court filing late Sunday – no other details were provided.
Assistant special counsel Andrew DeFilippis withdrew from the case, according to a filing late Sunday by Mr. Durham. The filing did not offer any more details, and the Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The high-profile departure comes at an odd time in the case, with Mr. Danchenko’s trial scheduled to start Oct. 16 and both sides mired in a fight over whether his lawyers can use classified information.
Mr. DeFilippis oversaw the failed prosecution of former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who was charged with lying to the FBI. In May, a jury in Washington, D.C., concluded that Mr. Sussmann was not guilty after about six hours of deliberation.
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