In 2017, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) admitted that he delivered the Steele dossier to former FBI Director James Comey. The now-deceased Senator John McCain wrote in his memoir, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations, that he had “no regrets” about alerting the FBI about the disproven Steele dossier.
The Hill reported about McCain’s arrogance in his memoir, and how he wrote that he “did what duty demanded I do” in passing on the documents.
“I discharged that obligation, and I would do it again. Anyone who doesn’t like it can go to hell,” McCain said, according to excerpts of the book published by The Guardian.
Breitbart News is now reporting that the late Senator John McCain provided disgraced former FBI chief James Comey with not one, but five separate reports from Christopher Steele that the FBI didn’t previously possess related to unsubstantiated allegations of collusion between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 campaign, the Justice Department’s recent Inspector General report revealed.
The IG report discloses that McCain gave five new Steele reports to Comey that the FBI did not previously possess, showing that McCain served as a conduit for Steele’s information to reach the FBI even after the British ex-spy was formally cut off as an FBI source.
It is not clear whether McCain knew at the time that Steele had previously been terminated as an FBI source for speaking to the media.
The IG report also verifies that a McCain aid obtained the Steele reports directly from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, meaning that when McCain transferred the anti-Trump charges to Comey he had to have known that the material originated with a firm that specializes in controversial opposition tactics.
Fusion GPS was paid for its anti-Trump work by Trump’s primary political opponents, namely Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) via the Perkins Coie law firm.
States the IG report:
Several weeks later, on December 9, 2016, Senator John McCain provided Corney with a collection of 16 Steele election reports, 5 of which Steele had not given the FBI. McCain had obtained these reports from a staff member at the McCain Institute. The McCain Institute staff member had met with Steele and later acquired the reports from Simpson.
The unnamed McCain staff member is known to be David J. Kramer, who also infamously provided BuzzFeed with the Steele dossier.
BuzzFeed published Steele’s full dossier on January 10, 2017, setting off a firestorm of news media coverage about the document.