The Fusion GPS dossier that was put together to smear President Trump’s presidential campaign clearly was a sham from the beginning. However, that hasn’t stopped the left from using it as a political tool. This week, Dianne Feinstein thought it would be fun to unilaterally release the testimony of the Fusion GPS founder.
From The Hill:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday unilaterally released more than 300 pages documenting an interview the panel conducted in August with the founder of the opposition research firm that commissioned a controversial dossier on President Trump.
In that interview, Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson said the dossier’s author, a former British intelligence officer named Christopher Steele, told him that the FBI already had “other intelligence” backing up claims in the dossier when he met with an agent in September.
The document has been a partisan flashpoint in the congressional investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, with some Republicans suggesting that the bureau may have used unverified information to launch a baseless investigation into Trump.
Trump wasn’t pleased about that.
Trump’s lawyer didn’t seem too excited either.
The dossier itself isn’t interesting because it simply isn’t reliable. However, you know what is interesting? How that dossier made its way to the Obama Administration and if the Obama Administration used Hillary Clinton’s opposition research as an impetus to spy on the Trump team.
We possibly just learned some new information on that front and it is not very flattering for John McCain.
The founders of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS admitted that they helped the researcher hired to compile the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump to share the document with Sen. John McCain.
The goal of providing the dossier to McCain, the Fusion GPS founders explained, was to pass the information contained in the questionable document to the U.S. intelligence community under the Obama administration.
The disclosure raises questions about whether McCain knew that the information he delivered to the intelligence community was actually an opposition document reportedly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
McCain’s office did not reply yesterday to a Breitbart News request for comment on the matter.
Breitbart fairly points out that we don’t know if McCain knew that Hillary was connected to this but if he did, wow.
Why does this matter?
Because, If a known opposition research firm, that is working for the Hillary campaign, approaches you, then McCain would have known that she was behind this document. Yet, he would have been willing to pass it on as credible intelligence?
If that turns out to be true, a logical conclusion is that John McCain’s hatred for Trump drove him to do a despicable thing.
We all know that McCain really doesn’t like Trump. Say what you want about the comment Trump made about McCain’s military service (yes, it wasn’t ideal) but that doesn’t give McCain justification to make a move like this. As Breitbart pointed out, McCain’s office hasn’t commented at the time that piece was published so we will have to just wait and see.
People always like to talk about the fact that Trump has control of the Senate. He really doesn’t when you factor in all the Republicans like McCain who have made it clear that they are willing to put their dislike for Trump before coming through for their constituents. Remember when McCain ran around promising to repeal Obamacare on the campaign trail and then when he had a chance he backed down because it would have been Trump look good.
Yeah. Not cool.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]