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Rep Mike Turner Says McCain Wouldn’t Have Turned Over Dossier If He Knew It Was Democrat-Funded

Phillip Stucky Contributor

Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner suggested the late Sen. John McCain wouldn’t have turned the Trump Dossier over to the FBI had he known it was Democrat-funded during a Thursday interview on CNN.

“Christopher Steele said the dossier was being given to McCain for the purposes of legitimizing it,” Turner began. (RELATED: Lou Dobbs Defends Trump Against GOP Critics Over McCain Comments)

He continued:

My expectation is that if John McCain had known this information was Democratic-Party-funded — Hillary-Clinton-funded information — that it had not been verified as Christopher Steele has testified now — he probably wouldn’t have had anything to do with it. That’s largely on the minds of people as we hear the president doing these attacks, I think John McCain is a national hero.

I worked with him on national security issues. I cannot believe if he had not been deceived and had been told this information was being paid for by Hillary Clinton, that Christopher Steele himself was being paid for by Hillary Clinton he would have had nothing to do with it.

President Donald Trump spent five minutes during his Wednesday rally in Ohio criticizing McCain and reiterated his statement that he wasn’t thanked for the late Arizona senator’s funeral.

“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve,” Trump said in a Tank factory. “I don’t care about this, I didn’t get a thank you. That’s OK.”

Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson called the president’s behavior regarding McCain “deplorable.”

“It’s deplorable what he said, it will be deplorable seven months from now if he says it again,” he continued. “We don’t talk about our veterans in any way but to brag on them for the service they render.”

The sentiment was echoed by Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Twitter. “Today and every day, I miss my good friend John McCain. It was a blessing to serve alongside a rare patriot and genuine American hero in the Senate.”