The Department of Justice investigation of Kim Darroch and his alleged relationship with CNN reporter Michelle Kosinski is thought to be the first toward a British ambassador in Washington.
It’s unclear exactly when the probe started, but Darroch, 66, married for 42 years, denied all the accusations from the start, and was ultimately cleared of giving information to Kosinski, 46, who is also married.
Kosinski received the attention of “astonished” White House officials when, in 2018, she suddenly began landing worldwide scoops — some based on highly classified or difficult to get information — that she had not had before.
Eyes were opened when Kosinski received top-secret information that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was secretly preparing a trip to North Korea to lobby for the safe arrival of three US citizens.
And the White House also wondered about a story Kosinski finished not long after Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were killed near their house in Salisbury, Wilts. in March 2018.
The murders were thought to be the work of Russian killers and the UK discharged 23 Russian diplomats. Other countries followed suit, but the US had not done anything yet. Six days later, Kosinski reported that America was considering the suspension of Russian diplomats.
She later published “new and exclusive” details — citing “a senior foreign diplomat” she claimed European allies were getting “optimistic signals”.
Not more than two weeks later, Kosinski was apparently being tipped off about US plans for harsh sanctions against Russia.
Last April, Kosinski went to work for the American Association for Retired Persons, where she hosts “The Perfect Scam” podcast that centers stories about fraud.
While the alleged relationship between the two left Darroch exposed to the threat of blackmail by a hostile external power.
Kosinski and Darroch exchanged “intimate messages,” in which they gave specific plans for secret hook-ups.
Kosinski has been married to wealthy British investment banker-turned-philanthropist Kimbell Rush Duncan since 2014.
Twitter was alight Saturday with a discussion of Kosinski and Lord Darroch’s alleged affair, particularly about how handsome Duncan is in contrast to the stodgy-looking Darroch.
“Did Michelle Kosinski sleep with him because she fancied him or because she thought she could get some great scoops out of him? Compare the photos of him and her husband and I think you’ll have a pretty good idea what the answer is,” David Cockerham tweeted.
Lord Darroch and his wife have two grown children. Kosinski has two stepchildren with her husband.