One of the biggest controversies to come out surrounding Mr. Trump involves the now-infamous Steele dossier which is now known as “the dossier.” According to Vox:
‘In April 2016, Clinton campaign and DNC campaign lawyer Marc Elias retained the firm Fusion GPS to research Donald Trump and his ties to Russia. Fusion then retained the services of Christopher Steele, a retired MI6 officer based in London with Russian contacts, to look into the matter.
‘Steele’s “dossier” of research would eventually comprise 17 reports written over a six-month period. These reports cite several (anonymous) sources of information but on the whole tell a story of years-long ties between Trump and the Russian regime, and a conspiracy to influence the election.’
Perhaps, one of the most shocking reports to come from the dossier was the first one which was dated June 20, 2016. The report alleged that a “pee pee,” tape existed which was a recording of Russian prostitutes who Trump had hired to urinate in front of him on the bed of the Ritz-Carlton’s presidential suite – “defiling” it – because Barack and Michelle Obama had slept in the bed. According to the dossier, in 2013, Trump hired:
‘a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him.’
‘Then the implication — although it’s not explicitly stated — is that Russia’s intelligence service, the FSB, recorded all this with “microphones and concealed cameras” so it could later be used for “kompromat” and “blackmail” material over Trump if necessary.’
Somehow, that dossier made it into the hands of former FBI director James Comey. Back in January 2017, it was reported that Senator McCain obtained the dossier and had passed it on to Comey. Now, in his new tell-all book titled “The Restless Wave,” Senator John McCain (R-AZ) fully admitted that it was he who hand-delivered the dossier to Comey.
What may be surprising to some though is that McCain talks candidly and at length in his book about the dossier and strongly criticizes Mr. Trump as well. It seems that the senator is not holding back anything.
McCain wrote in his book:
‘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.’
In his book, McCain wrote that in November 2016, he spoke with a British diplomat named Sir Andrew Wood at the Halifax International Security Forum. According to The Daily Beast:
‘Wood alerted him to Steele’s work after which, David Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Human Freedoms at the McCain Institute, traveled to London to meet with Steele. Prior to this, as The Washington Postreported, Steele had already met with American officials in Rome to discuss his findings.’
McCain said that after he obtained the dossier, he put it in a safe in his office and then requested a meeting with Comey. McCain said:
‘I went to see him at his earliest convenience, handed him the dossier, explained how it had come into my possession.’
He went on to say:
‘I said I didn’t know what to make of it, and I trusted the FBI would examine it carefully and investigate its claims. With that, I thanked the director and left. The entire meeting had probably not lasted longer than ten minutes. I did what duty demanded I do.’
McCain wrote about Trump:
‘He has declined to distinguish the actions of our government from the crimes of despotic ones. The appearance of toughness, or a reality show facsimile of toughness, seems to matter more than any of our values.’
Although reports have been circulating for awhile about McCain’s involvement, this confirms that he did indeed pass along the dossier to then-FBI director James Comey.
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