Shortly after the President’s farewell address, the news cycle was hijacked by one shocking and breaking story. Buzzfeed had posted a dossier suggesting that the Russians have a lot of potential blackmail ammunition against Donald Trump. The allegation that dominated the headlines was that Trump had paid prostitutes to urinate on a bed in which Barack Obama had slept.
The most shocking revelation out of the report, though, might not have been the actual contents, but the fact that the person who provided the report to the FBI was GOP Senator John McCain. On Wednesday, McCain admitted that he was the source and said it was “what any citizen would do.”
‘I did what any citizen should do. I received sensitive information and handed it to the FBI,’ he told CNN – the network which broke the story that the document existed. It was then published in full by Buzzfeed.
McCain didn’t speculate on the story’s veracity, just that it should be investigated, true or not:
‘That’s why I gave it to the FBI. I don’t know if it is credible or not but the information I thought deserved to be delivered to the FBI, the appropriate agency of government.’
He added: ‘It doesn’t trouble me because I don’t know if it is accurate or not. I have no way of corroborating that.
‘The individual gave me the information. I looked at it. After receiving that information I took it to the FBI.’
He added that he was now aware from media reports that the FBI was apparently already in possession of the information. ‘
Source: Daily Mail
None of the media sources have been able to confirm the dossier and only Buzzfeed has published it in its entirety. As for Trump, he and his staff deny everything in the report.
This war between McCain and the President Elect has been going on for quite some time. In October, Trump called McCain “foul mouthed” because McCain dared speak out against Trump’s “pussygate” comments:
“When Mr. Trump attacks women and demeans the women in our nation and in our society, that is a point where I just have to part company,” McCain said in the debate, broadcast on Arizona’s PBS station. “It’s not pleasant for me to renounce the nominee of our party. He won the nomination fair and square. But this is – I have daughters. I have friends. I have so many wonderful people on my staff. They cannot be degraded and demeaned in that fashion.”
Before you give McCain a virtual slap on the back for being a rare patriot among Republicans, know that he’s been sitting on this information since late last year. Of course, late last year could mean before the election or it could mean after, but it certainly should have come out before the Electoral College voted.
McCain may be playing a patriot now, but by holding back the information, he proved that he’s still party before country. Now, the best we can hope for is a Trump impeachment, which will still give us a Republican President and a Republican Congress. That may have been McCain’s goal all along.
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