CNN's Stelter Pleads Ignorance on Steele Source Bombshell: 'I Literally Do Not Know'

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He was also apparently unaware that the Times stated in its own report that the records do not show "any previously unreported connections to Russia."
Brian Stelter of CNN mingles at the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., April 27, 2019. (James Lawler Duggan/Reuters)

After defending the Steele dossier for years, Stelter claims he completely missed the latest report involving the man who served as Steele's main source.

Brian Stelter, CNN's media reporter, claimed Monday that he had no knowledge of the recently unveiled evidence showing that the "primary sub-source" for Christopher Steele's infamous dossier was suspected by the FBI of being a "threat to national security" for suspected ties to Russian intelligence.

Stelter, appearing on radio host Hugh Hewitt's show to discuss his recently released book on Fox News, was forced to address questions about his reporting on the Trump-Russia collusion theory. Hewitt pushed the CNN host over his criticisms of Fox's coverage of the Mueller investigation, pointing to new information that adds credence to the network's skepticism.

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Last week, a declassified footnote in Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz's report showed that the primary sub-source for Steele's claims "was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation from 2009 to 2011 that assessed his/her documented contacts with suspected Russian intelligence officers." The Ukrainian-born Igor Danchenko worked at the Brookings Institution from 2005 to 2010 and, during that time, tried to recruit two people connected to "an influential foreign policy advisor in the Obama administration," telling the pair that if they "did get a job in the government and had access to classified information," he had a way for them "to make a little extra money." The investigation into Danchenko only ended because he left the country.

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