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Corruption

John McCain Involved in Fake News Dossier Case

Written by Joe Scudder

How much was John McCain involved in creating the Trump-Russia conspiracy story? A lawsuit may pursue that question.

The story of how John McCain involved himself in the effort to undermine President Trump isn’t new. But now that there is a defamation lawsuit over the fake news dossier, we may be getting more details about McCain’s anti-Trump efforts. McCain is an advocate of regime change in Syria and increased hostility to Russia. So, it is no surprise he tried to prevent Trump from being elected and then had a hand in the attempt to delegitimize his Presidency.

Hopefully, this lawsuit will lead to him being held accountable.

McClatchy reports, “John McCain faces questions in Trump-Russia dossier case.

Sen. John McCain faces questions in a defamation lawsuit about leaks leading to publication of the now-infamous dossier that alleged Donald Trump’s campaign had connections to Russian operatives, McClatchy has learned.

The dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and his London firm, Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd., amounted to a collection of uncorroborated reports of collusion gathered as political research for sale to Trump’s opponents. It proved explosive when published by online news site BuzzFeed on Jan. 10.

Now, two lawsuits — one in the United States and a second in the U.K. — are being brought by lawyers for Aleksej Gubarev, a Cyprus-based Internet entrepreneur whom Steele’s Russian sources accused of cyber spying against the Democratic Party leadership.

According to a new court document in the British lawsuit, counsel for defendants Steele and Orbis repeatedly point to McCain, R-Ariz., a vocal Trump critic, and a former State Department official as two in a handful of people known to have had copies of the full document before it circulated among journalists and was published by BuzzFeed.

The court document obtained by McClatchy confirms that Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Moscow and a Russia adviser to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, discussed the 35-page dossier with McCain.

Read the entire McClatchy story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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