Fusion GPS founders admitted that they helped get the unverified Trump dossier into the hands of Sen. John McCain in an effort to land it with Obama administration intelligence agencies.
The opposition research firm executives revealed that they helped former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, the author of the discredited dossier, compile the document before delivering it to McCain and not Buzzfeed, which published the full unverified dossier following classified briefings last year, Breitbart News reported.
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, publicly released hundreds of pages of transcripts Tuesday from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson in a Senate testimony, earning condemnation and a new nickname from President Trump.
Simpson and Fusion GPS co-founder, Peter Fritch, exposed McCain in a New York Times op-ed last week, revealing that they used an “emissary” to aid McCain in sharing the dossier with the intelligence community.
“After the election, Mr. Steele decided to share his intelligence with Senator John McCain via an emissary,” the firm’s founders stated. “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.”
McCain then passed the controversial document to James Comey, then director of the FBI which followed by using the dossier in the probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Whether McCain knew that Fusion GPS was behind the dossier or that it was partially funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee was not clear. The Arizona Republican did not return requests for comment from Breitbart.
“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 back in October when asked if he was the source who leaked the dossier to Buzzfeed.
The “emissary” who allegedly delivered the dossier to McCain was not named by the opposition research firm founders.
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