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The jury in the trial for Russian information analyst Igor Danchenko was selected and sworn in Tuesday, the first day of proceeding a federal court in Virginia, with opening arguments set for later this afternoon.

Danchenko, who supplied information to the now-discredited Steele dossier, is on trial for allegedly lying to the FBI.

A jury of 12 was selected, along with four alternates. Court officials also said seven witnesses are set to be called in a trial, which is expected to last about a week.

The trial is being held in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division. 

Presiding over the trial will be Senior District Court Judge Anthony Trenga, appointed to the court by President George W. Bush.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts also appointed him as a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. 

Danchenko, a Russian analyst who was a primary source for the Steele dossier, is charged with five counts of lying to the FBI and has pleaded not guilty. 

He allegedly lied to the FBI about his sources for the information he gave to former British spy Christopher Steele for the dossier. Danchenko was also a confidential source for the FBI from March 2017 to October 2020. 

This is the second trial for Special Counsel John Durham’s probe into the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation. 

The first trial in May was for former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who was found not guilty this summer by a jury in Washington, D.C. of lying to the FBI.

Prior to Sussmann’s trial, former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to falsifying a surveillance document during the Trump-Russia collusion investigation and received a sentence of 12 months of probation and 400 hours of community service. 

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