John McCain Remains Silent on Whether He Knew Russia Dossier Was Clinton Funded

October 26, 2017Oct 26, 2017

On Tuesday night, the Washington Post broke a story that completely changes the narrative about Russian collusion in the American 2016 election. We now know, thanks to the Washington Post, that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped to fund research for what resulted in the dossier containing incorrect information about President Trump's connections to Russia. 

It has been reported that Marc E. Elias, a powerful lawyer who represented the Clinton campaign and the DNC, conducted the research through Fusion GPS, a Washington firm. The lawyer and his firm then hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to US intelligence, who received his information from Russian sources. 

The dossier has become notorious amid the intensifying investigations into the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Several Republicans congressional leaders have spent many months trying to discredit Fusion GPS and have tried to determine the identity of the Democrats who paid for the dossier. President Trump, too, has encouraged the Justice Department and FBI to release the names of those who paid for it. 

Breitbart News reports that John McCain may also find himself facing serious questions following the disclosure that the Clinton campaign and DNC helped fund the research used in the dossier on President Trump. 

They report that in December, it was none other than John McCain who passed the controversial dossier document produced by Fusion GPS to then FBI Director James Comey, who then used some of the dossiers as a basis for his probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections. 

McCain has remained silent after being asked about whether he knew that the Clinton campaign and the DNC helped fund the Russia dossier. He also refused to answer questions pertaining to how he obtained the dossier. Indeed, it is not clear how McCain obtained the dossier in the first place. 

And a January 11 statement attempted to explain why he provided the documents to the FBI, but he did not answer the important question pertaining to how he came to have the dossier in the first place, as well as who funded it. 

“Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the director of the FBI,” McCain said at the time, according to Breitbart. “That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue.”

Breitbart also points out that this revelation lends credibility to those who, like Trump himself, have regarded the Russia accusations as conspiracy theories. Indeed, the real story is not that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians in order to win the 2016 presidential election. Rather, the story is that the Democrats worked with an opposition research firm that has alarming ties to Russia, in order to facilitate a disinformation campaign during a presidential election. 

It also significantly undermines the dubious claims of the FBI, NSA, and CIA that Russia waged a large-scale influence campaign to interfere in the election on behalf of Donald Trump.

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