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December 20, 2018

John McCain's "Longtime Associate" Delivered "Dossier" to BuzzFeed, and Then to the State Department's Victoria Nuland

He truly was the best of Cuckservatism.

A longtime associate of late Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain provided a copy of the infamous Steele dossier to BuzzFeed News, according to an explosive court filing released Wednesday.

David Kramer, a former State Department official who was an executive at the McCain Institute, met on Dec. 29, 2016 with BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger, according to a filing submitted Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro.

BuzzFeed published the dossier, which was authored by former British spy Christopher Steele, on Jan. 10, 2017.

The disclosure was made as part of a final report ahead of Ungaro's ruling in favor of BuzzFeed in a defamation lawsuit.

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Days later, Kramer met at McCain's behest with Victoria Nuland, who served then as assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasian affairs and the State Department, and Celeste Wallender, the top Russian affairs official at the National Security Council.

Nuland and Wallender were aware of the dossier and Steele, according to Ungaro.

But that's not all: The "Dossier" was also passed to Represenative Kinzinger as well as a top aide to... Paul Ryan.

A federal judge on Wednesday revealed just how widely Christopher Steele distributed his infamous anti-Trump dossier.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Paul Ryan chief of staff Jonathan Burks received Steele’s reports in December 2016, before BuzzFeed would publish the dossier in full.

Court documents say that Steele gave the dossier materials to Kinzinger and Burks, though Paul Ryan’s office claims that Burks has never met Steele and did not receive documents directly from the former British spy.

I don't think merely receiving a document (false oppo research from Hillary Clinton) is anything super-objectionable. I'd receive most documents offered to me. Whether I bothered to read them would be another matter.

The McCain "longtime associate" actively disseminating this Hillary Clinton/Syd Blumenthal/Cody Shearer conspiracy theory is something else entirely.

I would say that the decision to give it to Paul Ryan's aide was not made on a whim, though. I think Hillary Clinton knew who her most likely allies of convenience were in the GOP.


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