We now know how and when the FBI got the Steele Dossier, the controversial damaging research document by a former British spy written about Donald Trump and Russia – and it had nothing to do with the Democrats or any so-called ‘Deep-State’ conspiracy.
Senator John McCain, the quintessential establishment Republican from Arizona, writes in his new book “The Restless Wave” that he is the one who personally delivered it to then-FBI Director James Comey at his Washington, D.C. office, according to a report by The Daily Beast which has an advance copy of the book.
Sen. McCain, in his own words:
“I agreed to receive a copy of what is now referred to as ‘the dossier. I reviewed its contents. The allegations were disturbing, but I had no idea which if any were true. I could not independently verify any of it, and so I did what any American who cares about our nation’s security should have done.”
According to McCain, in November 2015, Sir Andrew Wood, a former British diplomat, at the Halifax International Security Forum, told him about Steele’s work. McCain sent David Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Human Freedoms at the McCain Institute to London to meet with Steele.
At the time, Steele had already met with American officials in Rome to discuss his findings. When he got a copy, McCain put it into the safe in his office and called Comey to ask for an appointment.
“I went to see him at his earliest convenience,” writes McCain, “handed him the dossier, explained how it had come into my possession.”
“I said I didn’t know what to make of it,” continued McCain, “and I trusted the FBI would examine it carefully and investigate its claims.”
“With that,” wrote McCain, “I thanked the director and left. The entire meeting had probably not lasted longer than ten minutes.”
“I did what duty demanded I do,” concluded McCain.
The dossier, with its lurid allegations about Trump, prostitutes, and “Golden Showers,” to name just a few, has since become notorious. It has been the subject of inquiries and controversy not only over its contents linking Trump to the Russians, but also about how the FBI got it, and whether it influenced the agency’s decision to launch an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
McCain now says he would do it again if the same situation arose.
He added that any risk that the president might be compromised by Russians “had to be investigated,” said McCain.
Comey, in his own book, “A Higher Loyalty,” writes that Trump was obsessive in conversations he had with him about denying the allegations in the dossier. Some of those questions will eventually be answered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but now we at least know how and when the FBI got the dossier.
Once again, the ailing Senator from Arizona shows why he is a true American hero – and why the current Commander in Chief isn’t.
This article was published on washingtonpress.com