And McCain is from the same political party as President Trump. Allegedly.
True Pundit broke a story weeks ago that ex-FBI chief James Comey's FBI funded the bogus Trump dossier to the tune of $100K+ with the help of McCain who brokered the deal. The revelations the FBI paid for the dossier were also confirmed by Judicial Watch.
But now court documents and new source Intel raise suspicions that McCain may have chipped in financially with the FBI or privately funded the counterfeit research, either himself or through his shady foundation.
Comment: House investigators are currently trying to get to the bottom of who funded the dossier. But Fusion GPS isn't being cooperative: Something to hide? Trump-dossier firm Fusion GPS asks court to stop House from seeing bank records.
From True Pundit's previous report on the funding issue:
FBI insiders say fired FBI Director James Comey and Andrew McCabe, deputy FBI director, used Bureau funds to underwrite the controversial dossier on President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, sources confirm.
True Pundit first received intelligence from FBI sources in March that the Bureau had struck a financial deal with Steele in 2016.
Federal law enforcement agents have since divulged to True Pundit:
- Steele was likely paid in the $100,000 range by the FBI for the research. Perhaps even more.
- Sen. John McCain was involved in brokering the introduction of Steele or Steele's preliminary research to FBI bosses.
- The FBI routinely pays third-party private Intel firms to gather evidence used to secure federal search warrants and arrest warrants, as well as FISA court warrants.
- The FBI does not vet the privately commissioned investigators, like Fusion GPS, who work "off the books" for the Bureau.
- The FBI pays such contractors from a budget that is not part of its public expenditures. The transactions are confidential, therefore, Freedom of Information Requests (FOIA) on such transactions are easily and legally denied.
- Steele and the firm Fusion GPS may have performed additional privately-commissioned intelligence work for the FBI.
Regardless, the research firm of former spooks - Fusion GPS who commissioned the problematic report - could have been paid for the same report by the multiple entities:
- The FBI, through a black-budget fund as reported by True Pundit
- John McCain campaign coffers and connections
- McCain's foundation: Arizona State University's McCain Institute for International Leadership
- Hillary Clinton-backed campaign operatives who paid $1 million for the research
According to a court document in a British lawsuit against the author of the Fusion GPS report, Christopher Steele, McCain along with a man named David Kramer were the first people to obtain the Trump dossier.
Kramer, a virtual mystery man before the election, previously worked for the State Department under Hillary Clinton. During the 2016 election, Kramer reportedly worked as senior director for Arizona State University's McCain Institute for International Leadership.
McCain and Kramer shopped the damaging dossier to the U.S. media with hopes the press would jump on the opportunity to smear Trump. These included: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Yahoo News, the New Yorker and CNN and others. Only lowly liberal rag sheet Mother Jones took the poisoned bait and sprinted to publish portions of the dossier.
When the mainstream media balked, McCain shopped the dossier to Comey. According to True Pundit's reporting, the FBI cut what now appears to be a side deal to further underwrite Steele's unfounded research.
Did McCain augment the FBI's payment to Steele with his own cash? Did McCain push or vouch for the FBI's payment to Steele? Or Did McCain, through his campaign coffers or shady foundation, underwrite the research before DNC-backed entities also paid for it?
Or did all of this take place in an elaborate, much larger plot to discredit and unseat President Trump?
How was McCain the first person to obtain the falsified research if he didn't in fact have a role in commissioning the dossier? It was provided to no other U.S. senator.
The bogus dossier, after all, was used as a wedge to obtain what appears to be illegal wiretaps on Trump and associates. Evidence gathered from those taps is being employed now by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating Trump and his White House for alleged Russian collusion.
As the evidence mounts, all fingers point to McCain for colluding to smear Trump and cooking up the Russian narrative. We doubt that is being investigated by Mueller who has used the dossier's baseless Russian allegations to wage his probe.
We are talking about The Swamp after all.