The Daily Beast got an advanced copy of John McCain’s new book in which he admits he handed Comey the Trump Russia-Dossier.
“I agreed to receive a copy of what is now referred to as ‘the dossier,’” McCain writes in the upcoming book, titled The Restless Wave, referencing information compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. “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.”
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McCain writes that in November, 2016, he spoke with Sir Andrew Wood, a former British diplomat, at the Halifax International Security Forum. 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 Post reported, Steele had already met with American officials in Rome to discuss his findings.
McCain recounts how he put the dossier in a safe in his office and called Comey’s office to request a meeting: “I went to see him at his earliest convenience, handed him the dossier, explained how it had come into my possession.”
“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 concludes.
McCain’s account should obviously be taken with extreme scrutiny. It is no secret that John McCain and Donald Trump are political enemies which makes it quite odd that McCain handled the Dossier in this way. John McCain took opposition research that was funded by the Democratic party and used it to help launch an investigation into Trump Russia collusion. The Trump-Russia Dossier has been widely debunked and Christopher Steele has even claimed that only 70% of it was likely accurate.