Senator John McCain (R-AZ), though a Republican, has not been supportive of President Trump at all. It was recently revealed that Sen. McCain sent an aide to retrieve controversial information on then President-Elect Trump from an ex-spy.
The U.S. senator turned over the unconfirmed information in the Trump dossier to FBI agent James Comey. It’s bad enough that McCain colluded with a foreign spy, but the fact that it appears he did so for the sole purpose of hurting Trump’s presidency is even worse. (via Daily Mail)
The Wall Street Journal identified the ex-spy who prepared the information for McCain as Christopher Steele, an ex-British intelligence officer. Steele, who now owns an intelligence agency of his own, was said to have been contracted by McCain to deliver dirty information he’d previously dug up on the president.
McCain reportedly sent his trusted aide to retrieve the documents, instructing him to meet a man in the airport carrying a copy of the Financial Times newspaper. The then unnamed ex-spy allegedly took the aide back to his home to hand over the dirty dossier. It reached the U.S. within 24 hours and was given directly to the FBI by McCain on December 9 of last year.
But how did McCain come to know about the potentially damaging information? Soon after the election, the senator was introduced to Sir Andrew Wood, who had previously been a British ambassador to Moscow.
Wood did not deny the meeting, stating, “Yes I did meet Senator McCain and his aides at the conference. We spoke about the kind of activities the Russians can be engaged in. We also spoke about how Mr. Trump may find himself in a position where there could be an attempt to blackmail him with Kompromat (a Russian term for compromising material) and claims that there were audio and video tapes in existence.” (via Daily Mail)
Although the diplomat claims he did not confirm to McCain the existence of the documents and the individuals who prepared them, he mentioned the rumors of the documents, making it a possibility that he was the one who led McCain to the source.
Once the documents were delivered to the U.S., the source of the information gained unwanted media attention. His judgment in regard to providing this information has been in question ever since the files escaped because of their far-fetched claims, such as the claim that Trump hired prostitutes to urinate on a bed that Obama would be sleeping on in a Russian hotel.
Trump dismissed the ludicrous idea, identifying himself as a “germaphobe.”
A senior intelligence officer called Steele’s involvement with the project “deeply embarrassing to the service.”
Steele is not the only one receiving backlash. Senator McCain will be questioned in a defamation lawsuit for his involvement in the leak of the dossier. McCain stated in what appears to be a vague attempt to cover his tracks, “Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public. 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.” (via McCain.Senate.gov)
Senator McCain has fought Trump from the beginning, even after Trump become our nominee for president. Do you think Arizona voters should retire him? Let everyone know in the poll below!
It’s not necessary for President Trump to have the full support of individual congressmen, nor is it to be expected. However, that Sen. McCain, a member of the same party as the president, would attempt to undermine Trump’s presidency is concerning.
McCain’s involvement will come to light in the hearing for the lawsuit. Maybe the left will finally have proof of collusion, but it won’t involve President Trump.