Senator John McCain wrote in his upcoming memoir that he does not regret providing the FBI with the Steele dossier.
McCain said he gave the dossier to then FBI-head James Comey, back in late 2016.
The Arizonian senator discusses and defends his decision to share the information in his new book, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations,” which is scheduled to come out May 22.
According to The Guardian, who got an advanced copy of the book, McCain said, “I did what duty demanded I do. I discharged that obligation and I would do it again. Anyone who doesn’t like it can go to hell.”
John McCain confirmed in his new book that he gave the Steele dossier to James Comey. Because anyone with Russia ties needed to be investigated, including the president of the United States. “I did what duty demanded I do,” he wrote, in reference to him passing it off to the FBI.
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The Steele dossier has been at the center of controversy for the Trump administration as it alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which led to the appointment of a special counsel, Robert Mueller.
President Trump has repeatedly dismissed the rumors in the dossier calling it, and the resulting fallout from it, as a “witch hunt” and a “hoax.”
One of the controversial aspects of the document is how it was funded. The Democratic National Committee and democratic nominee Hillary Clinton partially paid the document to be commissioned.
The research initially began as just opposition research but spiraled into what it’s become now.