In January of this year, after the infamous Trump/Russia “dossier” had been made public through news reports and a full publication on BuzzFeed News, we learned that Sen. John McCain was at least partially responsible for putting the information in the hands of the FBI. In a statement to Fox News, McCain tried to downplay his role in creating or disseminating the dossier, which has since proven to be a work of fiction developed, paid for, and peddled by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
“Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public,” McCain said at the time. “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.”
But a new report from Fox News shows that McCain’s involvement in procuring the dossier was a little more hands-on then he made it sound back in January. Reporters spoke to Sir Andrew Wood, a colleague of former British spy Christopher Steele, who played a significant role in putting the controversial dossier in McCain’s hands.
“My mission was essentially to be a go-between and a messenger, to tell the senator and assistants that such a dossier existed,” Wood said.
The details, courtesy of Fox News:
Three weeks after Trump won the presidential election, at the Canadian security conference, the details were finalized for the dossier hand-off to McCain.
Along with the senator, Wood and McCain Institute for International Leadership staffer David J. Kramer attended the Canadian conference.
British court records state McCain ordered Kramer to get a personal briefing from Steele in Surrey, just outside of London, and then return to Washington, D.C., where Fusion GPS would provide McCain with hard copies.
In January, McCain officially gave the dossier to the FBI, which already had its own copy from Steele.
McCain sent a staffer halfway around the world to get his grubby little hands on this thing, which he subsequently turned over to the FBI, chomping at the bit to strike the death blow to his mortal enemy: Donald Trump.
But of course, he was a little late to the game; the FBI had been in possession of the dossier for months. Had, in fact, worked with and paid Steele for his cooperation with the Bureau. So McCain didn’t really do anything other than solidify himself as a traitorous Republican who has decided to tarnish his legacy over a blood feud with the president. Great work as always, Maverick.