New details have come out proving that one top Republican senator was involved in a plot against President Trump.
Reconfirming his involvement in the infamous Trump dossier, a new book released by Guardian journalist Luke Harding illuminated the exact nature of Sen. McCain’s (R-AZ) relationship with the document. It turns out that Mr. McCain was given a final copy of the document by Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter who founded Fusion GPS, according to The Daily Caller.
Mr. Harding’s book, titled Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win, is still largely sympathetic to the allegations made by the dossier. However, there are some revelations within the book that would be of interest even to conservatives, such as Sen. McCain’s involvement with the document in an attempt to smear the President.
First commissioned by an anonymous Republican donor before the Clinton Campaign and DNC funded the project, they employed a company called Fusion GPS, a Democrat-aligned opposition research firm, which subsequently subcontracted the project to former British spy Christopher Steele.
Although Mr. Steele’s 35-page report remains largely uncorroborated, many liberal outlets and politicians have quoted from the document regardless of its validity. Mr. Harding went on to describe how reporters at competing outlets jumped on the document in an effort to expose Trump’s alleged Russian ties.
“There was healthy competition still, but reporters on different titles began working together on some scenes,” Mr. Harding writes. “There were formal press consortiums and ad hoc conversations between onetime rivals.”
In fact, Harding’s book revealed that “Steele hadn’t wanted his dossier to be published. Buzzfeed were ‘tossers,’” according to a friend of Mr. Steele’s. The former British spy also revealed in London court filings that he did not distribute the dossier to anyone outside of Fusion GPS, British intelligence, and to many people’s surprise, Sen. John McCain.
The Arizona senator was aware of the dossier before it was published by Buzzfeed on Jan. 10th, having been told of its existence in Nov. 2016 by Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador and associate of Mr. Steele’s.
What was not known was that Mr. McCain was provided a final copy of the dossier directly by Mr. Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS. “Less than twenty-four hours later, Kramer returned to Washington. Next, Simpson shared a copy of the dossier confidentially with McCain,” read a passage from the book.
The Senators spokeswoman refused to comment on these findings.
McCain has previously denied providing the dossier to anyone else except the FBI. “I gave it to no one except for the director of the FBI. I don’t know why you’re digging this up now,” he said, according to Breitbart. He also refused to elaborate on whether or not he knew that the Clinton campaign and DNC were funding the document he gave to the FBI Director, who was James Comey at the time.
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CNN reported that the dossier ended up serving as a key part of the FBI’s justification for seeking FISA court’s approval to monitor the communications of one Trump associate Carter Page clandestinely.
It’s shocking enough that Sen. John McCain was one of the only people to have been given the dossier in the first place. It raises more questions about how long has the aging Republican Senator been in the anti-Trump camp.