GOP Senator John McCain finds himself in another predicament this week following a more recent twist to President Trump’s dossier scandal resurfaced. This is a very sensitive topic for the U.S. as it involves domestic top politicians conspiring against the sitting President, with some being even from his own party.
Via Mix Politics:
The Gateway Pundit reported that it was just revealed that Fusion GPS Co-founder Glenn Simpson personally gave McCain (R-AZ) a copy of the now discredited dossier. Earlier reports had claimed that McCain was made aware of the dossier from British associates, but was never in possession of the document’s final draft.
This was all revealed in journalist Luke Harding’s new book, “Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win.” In the book, Harding wrote about how reporters at competing outlets rallied together as part of an effort to expose Trump’s alleged Russia ties.
“There was healthy competition still, but reporters on different titles began working together on some stories. There were formal press consortiums and ad hoc conversations between onetime rivals,” Harding wrote. “I talked to The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Financial Times in London, Reuters, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, CNN, and others. Such conversations took place in New York, Washington, London, Munich, and Sarajevo. Some happened in glossy conference rooms, others in the corners of pubs over warm ale.”
This came immediately after Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager John Podesta admitted that he met with Fusion GPS about the dossier, which has raised eyebrows since Podesta told Congress that he didn’t know who paid for opposition research firm for the shoddy “intel.”
Breitbart reported that last December, McCain infamously passed the controversial dossier documents produced by Fusion GPS to then FBI Director James Comey. The bureau then used this dossier as some of the basis for its probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
McCain’s office has refused to respond to questions about whether the Arizona senator was aware that the research he passed to the FBI was paid for by the DNC and Clinton’s campaign. His office also did not immediately respond to a request for information on how he first obtained the dossier.
On Tuesday, it was reported that in April of 2016, attorney Marc E. Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained Fusion GPS to conduct the questionable research on behalf of both the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Using this law firm, Clinton’s campaign and the DNC continued to fund Fusion GPS until October 2016, days before the election. Fusion GPS later hired former intelligence agent Christopher Steele to do the purported research, and he later admitted in court documents that part of his work still needed to be verified.
Simpson spoke with House investigators in a closed-door meeting Tuesday. As we previously reported, Fox News’ Catherine Herridge says Simpson failed to verify the dossier’s claims prior to handing it off to clients.
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