President Donald Trump has been the target of multiple political attacks since winning the 2016 election. One of the most famous attacks stems from a dossier published to Buzzfeed, of all places, which made some pretty disturbing claims.
The document was found to be full of false information and inconsistencies, but now a new controversy concerning the document is underway. Everyone wants to know who leaked this document to the masses. As it turns out, Republican Arizona Senator and Trump opponent, John McCain, released the dossier to former FBI Director James Comey, according to The Daily Mail. McCain justified his decision by saying it was, “What any citizen should do.”
Sen. McCain considered himself an enemy of Trump before he was even elected to office. Now, in an interview with CNN, he openly admitted that he passed to document off to Comey after he received it.
The Arizona Senator insists he is innocent in all of this, of course, and that he just did what he felt was right. He admitted to reading it and regarded it as “sensitive” before turning it over.
“I did what any citizen should do. I received sensitive information and handed it to the FBI,” Mr. McCain explained. CNN was the first news network to acknowledge the dossier, while Buzzfeed was the first to publish it in full.
Sen. McCain continued proclaiming his innocence saying: “That’s why I gave it to the FBI. I don’t know if it is credible or not but the information I thought deserved to be delivered to the FBI, the appropriate agency of government.”
Then, when asked further about the document, he answered, “It doesn’t trouble me because I don’t know if it is accurate or not. I have no way of corroborating that.”
Many people are conflicted about whether Mr. McCain is innocent in all of this or not. This conflict stems from the fact that some of the information in that report was so over-the-top that is was considered phony from the start. Despite admitting to reading it, Mr. McCain still passed the document on to Comey.
Sen. McCain was put in a position where it was wise for him to speak out on this subject, though many are not going to be pleased with his statements. Many are now wondering what his role was in this event, and how a document so obviously riddled with errors and sensationalism made it to publication.
Mr. McCain said he “received” the dossier, but the obvious question is “from where?” Considering the hostility between the Senator and the President, one can’t help but wonder if Mr. McCain had some sort of involvement or not. Carl Bernstein, the Watergate reporter who first released information about the dossier, made the suggestion he thinks he knows how the information got to McCain.
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The suggestion seems to be that the information was placed on Mr. McCain’s lap by a former British ambassador to Moscow. “It came from a former British MI6 agent who was hired from a political opposition research firm in Washington who was doing work about Donald Trump for both Republican and Democrat candidates opposed to Trump,” Bernstein said.
Questions surrounding this issue are mounting as more facts are uncovered. One thing is for sure: this document has been proven to be a collection of fabrications and proven so beyond a reasonable doubt. Moving forward, more information will be revealed on how outlets like Buzzfeed got their hands on–and published–such a blatantly false document.