Donald Trump enemy, John McCain admitted Wednesday that he passed the dossier with claims of a Russian blackmail plot against the president-elect. McCain had the nerve to say ‘it’s what any citizen should do’.
It is no secret McCain is a longstanding anti-Trump Republican who disassociated himself from the candidate’s campaign weeks before the election. He claimed he had no idea whether it was accurate or not – but that he believed the FBI should have it because it was ‘sensitive’.
McCain justified his move by casting himself as an innocent and concerned member of the public.“I did what any citizen should do. I received sensitive information and handed it to the FBI,” he told CNN. He went to the network which broke the story that the document even existed.
It was then published in full by Buzzfeed. Clearly everyone’s intent was to hurt Trumps credibility.
The senator added: ‘It doesn’t trouble me because I don’t know if it is accurate or not. I have no way of corroborating that. ‘The individual gave me the information. I looked at it.
After receiving that information I took it to the FBI.’ He added that he was now aware from media reports that the FBI was apparently already in possession of the information. ‘
The Arizona senator issued a public statement amid questions of his exact role in the leaking. The most important question is how a document riddled with errors and unverifiable claims came to be published as news..
“Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public,” he said.
“Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the Director of the FBI”.
“That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue.”
Several months ago John McCain ‘disowned Trump’. That happened weeks before the election and it is no secret he does not like Donald Trump. Trump branded the leaked dossier as ‘fake news’ and ‘a total political witch hunt’.
The chain of how the document reached the FBI is not officially known. However Carl Bernstein, the Watergate reporter who contributed to the first story about its existence, published by CNN on Tuesday afternoon, suggested that McCain was handed it by a former British ambassador to Moscow. Even that is unsubstantiated.
Bernstein told CNN: ‘It came from a former British MI6 agent who was hired from a political opposition research firm in Washington who was doing work about Donald Trump for both republican and democratic candidates opposed to Trump. Well there you are. The story itself came from an opposition research team member. With no facts and only rumors this is a non story.
HEATED EXCHANGE: Moments ago, President-elect Donald J. Trump reaction calling BuzzFeed “a failing pile of garbage” and calling out CNN during a press conference.
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