The Arizona Senator, who has not been a fan of Trump since before the election, has admitted it was he who handed over the document outlining a Russian blackmail plot on Trump.
This report was reportedly paid for first by Republican enemies of Trump then by Democrats.
According to The New York Post, Sen. John McCain admitted Wednesday that he gave the FBI a dossier detailing claims of a Russian blackmail plot against President-elect Donald Trump.
The Arizona Senator made the public statement as questions began arising about his alleged role in spreading an unverified and error-riddled document that Trump has denounced as “a complete and total fabrication.”
McCain admitted, “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 FBI. That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue.”
Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein said McCain was given the document by a former British ambassador to Moscow, and told CNN;
“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 democratic candidates opposed to Trump. They were looking at Trump’s business ties. They saw some questionable things about Russians, about his businesses in Russia. They in turn hired this MI6 former investigator. He then came up with additional information from his Russian sources. He was very concerned by the implications of it. He then took it to an FBI colleague that he had known in his undercover work for years. He took it to this FBI man in Rome who turned it over to the bureau in Washington in August.
Bernstein discussed how John McCain came up with the document, “A former British ambassador to Russia independently was made aware of these findings and he took the information to John McCain – Senator John McCain of Arizona – in the period just after the election, and showed it to McCain.”
According to The Daily Mail, “The memos describe sex videos involving prostitutes filmed during a 2013 visit by Trump to a luxury Moscow hotel, supposedly as a potential means for blackmail.”
They also suggest Russian officials “proposed lucrative deals in order to win influence over the Republican real estate magnate.”
One claim, that special counsel to Trump Michael Cohen met with Kremlin officials in Prague in August 2016, has been branded as “fake news.”
Cohen denied that he was central “to the ongoing secret liaison relationship between the New York tycoon’s campaign and the Russian leadership.” Cohen tweeted a photograph of his passport and said he had never visited Prague.
According to reports, the former MI6 man had been hired to conduct “opposition research” on the Trump campaign first by Republican enemies of Trump, then by Democratic ones.
McCain’s has been a sworn enemy to Trump and formally ended support for the Republican candidate in October when the notorious ‘p****’ tape emerged.
McCain spoke about that Trump incident and said, “Donald Trump’s behavior… concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.”
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