Last December, news surfaced that Sen. John McCain passed the controversial dossier documents produced by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to then FBI Director James Comey, whose agency in turn utilized the dossier as the basis for its investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Then last week, in a New York Times oped, Fusion GPS founders Glenn R. Simpson and Peter Fritch admitted that they helped McCain share their largely discredited dossier with the intelligence community via an unnamed “emissary.”
“After the election, Mr. Steele decided to share his intelligence with Senator John McCain via an emissary,” the Fusion GPS founders said. “We helped him do that. The goal was to alert the United States national security community to an attack on our country by a hostile foreign power.”
Although it is not clear from their statement, the admission raises questions as to whether McCain knew the information he delivered to the intelligence community under the Obama administration was actually an opposition document allegedly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
In October, McCain denied providing the dossier to BuzzFeed, who published its full contents, saying that he only passed it along to the FBI.
“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 told the Daily Caller.
Then, in a January 11 statement, McCain attempted to explain why he provided the documents to the FBI. However, he did not mention how he gained possession of the dossier, and provided no indication he knew 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. “That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue.”
Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Moscow, said McCain first consulted him about the claims inside the dossier at a security conference in Canada shortly after last November’s presidential election.
Wood stated that McCain had obtained the documents from the senator’s own sources. “I told him I was aware of what was in the report but I had not read it myself, that it might be true, it might be untrue. I had no means of judging really,” Wood further told BBC Radio 4 in January.
Last Month, Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Moscow that McCain consulted with, said that he served as a “go-between” to inform McCain about the dossier contents.
“I told him I was aware of what was in the report but I had not read it myself, that it might be true, it might be untrue. I had no means of judging really,” Wood told BBC Radio 4 in January.
“My mission was essentially to be a go-between and a messenger, to tell the senator and assistants that such a dossier existed,” he told Fox News.