Two years ago in April 2017, we published the full text of the Steele Russian Dossier – financed by Hillary Clinton supporters from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in an effort to thwart Donald Trump’s trade, tariff, reduced military intervention, tariff and limited immigration policies.
The dossier was described in this blog as something from a spy novel. That opinion of subversion came from examining the Buzzfeed documents first released to the public and promoted later by CNN.
Thanks to recently released reports, the rest of the story is revealed, and it does sound very much like an amateur spy novel.
Documents show that David Kramer, long-time advisor to late Senator John McCain (R-AZ), revealed that he met with two Obama administration officials to inquire about whether the anti-Trump dossier authored by former British spy, Christopher Steele, was being taken seriously. Kramer received his M.A. in Soviet Studies in 1988 at Harvard University.
To make that case, Kramer said that he personally provided a copy of the dossier to President Barack Obama’s National Security Council official Celeste Wallander.
In a deposition recently posted online, Kramer said that Senator McCain told him in early December 2016 to meet about the dossier with Wallander and Victoria_Nuland, a senior official in John Kerry’s State Department. Nuland’s husband is Robert Kagan, and she served as theprincipal deputy foreign policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and then as the U.S. ambassador to NATO.
Kramer said this was “his kind of due diligence before he went to (FBI) Director (James) Comey,” but he then testified that in his conversations with Nuland and Wallander he was told by both of them that each were aware of the dossier and that Nuland “thought Steele was a serious person.
“I had a subsequent conversation with Ms. Wallander in which I gave her a copy of the document. That was probably around New Year’s,” Kramer recalled..
“She had not seen it herself until I had shown it to her,” Kramer added. “She had heard about it. And she didn’t know the status of it.
In the same testimony, the McCain associate revealed that he held a meeting about the dossier with a reporter from BuzzFeed News, who he said snapped photos of the controversial document without Kramer’s permission when he left the room to go to the bathroom.
That meeting was held at the McCain Institute office in Washington, Kramer said.
Prior to his death, McCain recalled personally handing the dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey, but didn’t comment if he had a role in providing the dossier to BuzzFeed.
In his book, McCain said he had an “obligation” to pass the dossier charges against Trump to Comey and he would even do it again.
Anyone who doesn’t like it can go to hell, McCain said.
In a show of collusion Kramer also said that he briefed other reporters on the dossier contents, including CNN’s Carl Bernstein.
The same day BuzzFeed released the full dossier, CNN first reported the leaked information that the controversial contents of the dossier were shown during classified briefings. Those meetings included a session one week earlier for then-President Obama and President-elect Trump.
I think they felt a senior Republican was better to be the recipient of this rather than a Democrat because if it were a Democrat, I think that the view was that it would have been dismissed as a political attack, Kramer explained.
Kramer’s admissions reveal the role of the two Obama appointees, and McCain, in disseminating the dossier that was used in the FBI’s initial investigation into the Trump campaign, claiming Russian collusion.