Seizing on a recent comment from former independent counsel Ken Starr, President Donald Trump took at shot at now-deceased Sen. John McCain on social media over the weekend, which drew a quick rebuke from the late senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain.
Expressing his frustration with McCain over not being able to repeal Obamacare, Trump tweeted: “Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is, unfortunately, a very dark stain against John McCain.’ Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!”
Starr, who drove the investigation that resulted in President Bill Clinton being impeached for lying about having sex with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” that while McCain is an “American hero,” if it’s true that an associate of his passed the infamous Steele dossier to media outlets, it would be “unfortunately a very dark stain” on the Arizona Republican’s legacy.
The dossier, funded by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, alleges that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to beat rival Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Starr’s assessment was in reaction to reports that newly unsealed court filings show McCain and an associate, former State Department official David Kramer, provided it to the FBI and a number of media outlets, to include CNN, The Washington Post and BuzzFeed, which would publish the unverified dossier.
McCain acknowledged that he gave the dossier to the FBI, but denied being the source for BuzzFeed — the idea was that coming from a Republican, it would not be seen as a political attack.
It hasn't been emphasized enough how direct of a role John McCain played in facilitating the Trump/Russia story. Republicans call it a "Democratic witch hunt," but here's Christopher Steele again confirming under deposition that the dossier entered US circulation due to McCain pic.twitter.com/qiGWcbgZek
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 16, 2019
In his memoirs, which McCain worked on leading up to his death, he said he “did what duty demanded I do” in passing the documents to the FBI.
“I discharged that obligation, and I would do it again. Anyone who doesn’t like it can go to hell,” McCain wrote, according to The Hill.
Responding to Trump’s tweet, Meghan McCain lashed out at the president.
“No one will ever love you the way they loved my father. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him,” McCain tweeted. “Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?”
No one will ever love you the way they loved my father…. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine? https://t.co/q7ezwmHiQ4
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 16, 2019
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating the allegation of collusion for nearly two years and the discredited dossier played a role in the launching the probe — though this is downplayed by some after the fact.
As was seen when McCain died last year, the liberal media seems more committed to running interference for his legacy than conservative outlets.
In fact, conservative firebrand Michelle Malkin took to Twitter to suggest McCain has plenty of stains on his record, using the hashtag: #GhostofJohnMcCain.
So many stains on the #GhostofJohnMcCain –
✔️Peddling fake dossier
✔️Blocking Obamacare repeal out of spite
✔️Amnesty betrayals and lies
✔️Global warming sellout
✔️TARP, AIG bailouts
For starters. https://t.co/IfxfUcQWUu
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) March 16, 2019
But the Trump-hating media cabal was out in force to protect McCain, as seen below:
Been covering Trump for three years now. Will never quite understand how the GOP tolerates his attacks on McCain, Bushes and Romney. The GOP just shrugs its shoulders.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 16, 2019
Speaking ill of the dead.
I'd say I'm surprised but, well, how can you be at this point? https://t.co/AtVSBeAdDa
— Chris Cillizza (@ChrisCillizza) March 16, 2019
Trump is once again attacking a deceased US senator and war hero for no apparent reason https://t.co/j4KBmHZkUp
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) March 16, 2019
In a hundred years, John McCain will still be a national hero. You'll be a joke and a source of American shame until the sun is a darkened cinder. https://t.co/fIzLeFHi2L
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 16, 2019
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