Did John McCain Provide The Infamous 'Trump Dossier' To BuzzFeed?

After nearly a year of cogitating, no one in the media, usually a fairly leaky institution, has been able to figure out who exactly who provided the infamous "Trump Dossier" to BuzzFeed which was published on January 10, 2017 and promptly debunked within approximately 35 seconds. 

As the Daily Caller points out today, less than a handful of people had access to the dossier before it made its way to BuzzFeed: John McCain, David Kramer (a former State Department official and an associate of McCain), then FBI Director James Comey and Fusion GPS (the creator of the document).  Fusion GPS has since admitted under oath that they did not share the document with BuzzFeed which basically just leaves John McCain (and/or his associate) or James Comey.

Asked about the dossier recently, an irritable, and perhaps defensive, McCain lashed out at a Daily Caller reporter (seemingly a new trend for McCain of late) saying only "I don’t know why you’re digging this up now."

In addition to McCain and Steele, opposition research firm Fusion GPS had the dossier, as did David J. Kramer, a former State Department official and an associate of McCdoain’s.


One person who was provided a copy of the salacious document, written by former British spy Christopher Steele, is Arizona Sen. John McCain. But McCain, who has already acknowledged providing an early version of the dossier to former FBI Director James Comey, denied this week that he also gave a version to BuzzFeed, which published it on Jan. 10.


“I gave it to no one except for the director of the FBI. I don’t know why you’re digging this up now,” McCain said during a testy exchange with The Daily Caller on Wednesday.


McCain was asked whether he was BuzzFeed’s source after the Republican’s office declined to answer direct questions on the matter.

As a reminder, here is a recap of the timeline leading up the dossier's BuzzFeed debut.

McCain and Kramer, a former official at the McCain Institute, were first told about the dossier in November, during a conversation with Sir Andrew Wood, a former British spy and associate of Steele’s. McCain then dispatched Kramer to meet with Steele in London on Nov. 28.


Steele, who operates Orbis Business Intelligence in London, has revealed in the London lawsuit that he allowed Kramer to view the dossier but did not provide him a copy. He said that an “arrangement” was later made for Fusion to provide a copy of the dossier to McCain through Kramer.


McCain then provided a copy of the document to Comey during a Dec. 9 meeting.


Four days after McCain met with Comey, Steele would produce the final memo of the dossier, the one that was provided to BuzzFeed and which included the allegations against Gubarev.


Steele sent the final memo to Fusion with instructions to pass a hard-copy to Kramer and McCain. It is unclear how the dossier was disseminated after that. Fusion has not said whether it disseminated the final version of the dossier to anyone outside the company.


The denials by Steele, Fusion and McCain that they were BuzzFeed’s sources leaves just a few posibilities, including Kramer.


Kramer has not responded to multiple requests for comment about his handling of the dossier or whether he gave it to any news outlets. He has not talked on the record to any reporters since being identified in the controversy.


Of course, the identity of BuzzFeed’s source is significant for two reasons.  First, because a Russian tech executive, Aleksej Gubarev, was accused in the document of hacking into DNC computers to dig up dirt on Hillary during the 2016 campaign.  And second, but certainly not least, because it could shed light on whether someone in Trump's own party or, and perhaps even more disturbing, within the FBI ordered a "political hit" on the newly elected - if wildly unpopular (at least on the DC circuit) - president.

It is a central question in a lawsuit filed against the media outlet by Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian tech executive named in the dossier. Gubarev is identified by name in Steele’s Dec. 13 memo. In it, Steele alleges that Gubarev was recruited under duress by the FSB, Russia’s intelligence agency, and that he used his companies to infiltrate the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee.


Gubarev’s attorneys have said they want to find out if BuzzFeed’s source provided any warnings or qualifications about the allegations made in the dossier. If so, the lawyers are likely to argue that BuzzFeed was negligent and careless in publishing the document.


BuzzFeed, which has apologized to Gubarev, has defended its decision to publish the dossier, noting that its article unveiling the Steele memos explicitly stated that the memos had not been corroborated. The website also said that the dossier was newsworthy because Comey had briefed President Trump on its allegations during a meeting on Jan. 6.


On top of its importance to the lawsuit, the identity of BuzzFeed’s source is of widespread interest because of the possibility that a government official disseminated the uncorroborated document to the media, possibly as a hit job on Trump.

And then, of course, there is the issue of who ordered the dossier in the first place...


NoDebt HelluvaEngineer Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:56 Permalink

Let me shortcut this for you:  Of course he did.  But even if he didn't, I'm glad he's got cancer.  I hope it's a slow, painful death.You would think a guy who spent time in the Hanoi Hilton would be more circumspect about sending other people's sons and daughters into harm's way, but no.  Not John.  He's got a chip on his shoulder about it and wants everyone to suffer for it.  He's gone completely 180* the other way.  He's a psychopath.It's not that the guy wants war.  It's that he wants ANY war.  The reasons and ends to be achieved don't even matter any more to him.  The only thing he could do at this point that would be "heroic" is eat a bullet and put us all out of his misery. 

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Dame Ednas Possum Fish Gone Bad Sat, 10/21/2017 - 05:57 Permalink

Whether it was McInsane or not... I'm more than happy to blame that piece of shit warmonger. Beating him to the presidency is about the only thing bathhouse-Barry should be thanked for. I'm with NoDebt... I sincerely hope that McInsane's final year on in his planet is long, and painful and lonely. I also sincerely hope that he remains conscious, aware and acutely sensitive throughout.  

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Lucretius bonin006 Sat, 10/21/2017 - 03:01 Permalink

You missed it, McStain stacked the balcony at the AZ State Committeeman's meeting with his hired gooks! It was really quite the show, hand made signs "We love John McCain", "He's our hero", I'm sure everyone knows what a large community of Viet Cong there is in the fucking desert! This was the same meeting that McTraitor was voted to be censured, by his follow Republicans, almost unanimously! NOT hearsay, I was there, he was censured two years consecutively, by his own fucked up party! Cancer is too good for this piece of filth. How can one shame one who knows no shame? This cunt is poster boy for all that is wrong with guv   .L.

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Freddie NoDebt Sat, 10/21/2017 - 01:34 Permalink

It is not just him that is evil.  The whole family is/was evil.  His old man and grandpa killed American sailors do to negligence or taking the side of another country.  See USS Liberty as one example. Supposedly, the family are Jesuits and the Jesuits do the bidding of the Rothschild created country and the Rothschilds.  The current vile pope is a Jesuit who removed the German Pope.McCain Institute donors are almostthe sas Clinton Foundation donors.  McCain is pals with Soros and Harvey Weinstein to name a few.

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RumpleShitzkin NoDebt Sat, 10/21/2017 - 12:32 Permalink

Unfortunately, GBM is probably one of the lesser painful cancers.
Probably one of the more indignant, though.
Hope he starts going frontal and throws his pissbag at the media and acts out. However, if you’ve seen how he blows up over questions from POWs, it would be hard to tell the difference, really.

He may even start fessing up to shit, although...in his med state, it could be argued inadmissible.

He will be tits up very soon, though. That, there’s no doubts at all.

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