McCain Associate Invokes Fifth Over Anti-Trump Dossier


An associate of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is invoking his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself to avoid revealing information to Congress about the so-called Steele dossier assembled to damage Donald Trump in run for the White House.

David J. Kramer, a former State Department official, pleaded the Fifth in response to a subpoena issued in December by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Fox News reported.

In a Dec. 19 interview with the committee, Kramer said he had information about some of the sources in the dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele.

The document was financed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Kramer said he learned the information about sources in November 2016 after traveling to London to meet with Steele. Kramer and McCain first learned of the dossier earlier that month after meeting with an associate of Steele’s.

After the London meeting, Steele provided a copy of the dossier to Kramer with instructions to share it with McCain. The senator then provided a copy of the document to then-FBI Director James Comey during a Dec. 9, 2016, meeting.

The House intelligence committee issued a subpoena Dec. 27 to compel Kramer to discuss the sources.

Kramer, who was a director at the McCain Institute and now works for Florida International University, has avoided speaking publicly about his handling of the dossier, which the website BuzzFeed published on Jan. 10, 2017.

In addition to his interview with the intelligence committee, Kramer was deposed in December as part of a lawsuit filed against BuzzFeed for publishing the document. Kramer’s lawyers requested that his deposition in that case be sealed.

Steele, McCain, and Fusion GPS, the research company that hired Steele to write the dossier, have denied being BuzzFeed’s source. Kramer is the only person known to have handled the completed dossier who has not denied providing it to BuzzFeed.

Kramer and his lawyer have not responded to numerous requests for comment.

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Braindead McCain is in the top 10 of the nevertrumpers ! :roll_eyes:


Mc Cain hates Trump as much as any progressive. The perfect example of why we need term limits on congress.

Perhaps Mueller should be investigating this little published fact and get to the real bottom line.


Someone in his condition should have been forced into medical retirement. He shouldn’t be holding the seat until he does on the job. His time is over. He needs to move on before he moves on.


Amen to that !!! Bernie was in office about 40 years and did NOTHING the entire time , he needs to head back to Woodstock ! :laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:


Still no charges filed. Still no accountability for Hillary Clinton or the DNC. The upcoming election cycle needs to have candidates who are willing and able to prosecute these criminals - including McCain and his slime bag lawyer.


It’s not about right or wrong but about displacing Trump at any cost.


Right on. What I’m trying to figure out is how they think they can get away with all of this when the American people elected Trump. A lot more people voted for Trump then voted for any of the scumbag politicians who are pulling this shit. Apparently they think we are too stupid to notice what they’re doing. People like McCain and the rest of his never Trump Republican friends, as well as nearly all Democrats that I can think of, are nothing but anti-American elitist pieces of shit.


"The Free Beacon first retained Fusion to investigate Trump in the fall of 2015 and ended its relationship after Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination in late spring of 2016, according to a person close to Goldfarb, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share private discussions.

The website and its leaders have strong ties throughout the Republican establishment. Goldfarb was deputy communications director on John McCain’s presidential campaign."

And McCain came into possession of the dossier. And his lawyer turned it into the FBI.

McCain then contracts cancer.

And McCain’s vote sustains the ACA.