United States of America, v. Igor Danchenko
Notes: The government has filed an omnibus Motion in Limine seeking to admit three cases of uncharged conduct by Defendant Igor Y. Danchenko.
The government has filed an omnibus Motion in Limine [Doc. No. 78] (the “Motion”), seeking to admit (1) three instances of uncharged conduct by Defendant Igor Y. Danchenko: (a) evidence relating to Danchenko’s allegedly false statements regarding his sourcing of the Ritz- Carlton allegations; (b) evidence pertaining to Danchenko’s allegedly false statement about disclosing his work for Christopher Steele (“Steele”) and Orbis Business Solutions (“Orbis”); and (c) an email from Danchenko to a former employer, Cenk Sidar, supposedly encouraging Sidar to fabricate sources; (2) three emails from Sergei Millian (“Millian”) to Dmitry Zlodorev (“Zlodorev”) regarding Danchenko; (3) statements from Steele to the FBI about Danchenko’s sourcing from Millian;1 and (4) the existence of, as well as the facts and circumstances pertaining to, the FBI’s counter-intelligence investigation into Danchenko. The government also seeks to prevent Danchenko from introducing any evidence or argument regarding political bias or vindictive prosecution. The Court held a hearing on the Motion on September 29, 2022, following which it took the Motion under advisement.
At the hearing held on September 29, 2022, the government withdrew its motion to admit statements from Christopher Steele to FBI personnel from the Robert Mueller Special Counsel team on September 18 and 19, 2017. Accordingly, the Motion as to the Steele statements is DENIED as moot without prejudice.
Upon consideration of the Motion, the memoranda in support thereof and in opposition thereto, the arguments of counsel at the hearing, and for the reasons stated below, the government’s Motion is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part.