Trump hated McCain and the Steele Dossier may be why McCain claimed that he was obligated to make sure Putin hadn’t co-opted Trump.

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By Lynn Woolley

It is entirely possible that without the late Senator John McCain acting as a kind of middleman, the so-called Steele Dossier might not have become such a big deal.

In fact, it was Senator McCain that delivered the Dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey – and the rest is history.

McCain himself detailed how he became the keeper of the Dossier in his book “The Restless Wave.”

John Haltiwanger wrote about it Business Insider.

In brief, the story is that McCain was attending a security conference in Halifax when he was approached by a retired British security figure named Sir Andrew Wood.

Wood told McCain about Christopher Steele and the Dossier and McCain took him seriously, agreeing to accept a copy of the Dossier.

He put it in his safe and later turned it over to then-FBI Director Jim Comey. This might explain Trump’s attitude toward McCain.

McCain claimed that he was obligated to make sure Putin hadn’t co-opted Trump.

McCain wrote I his book that the allegations were disturbing, and that he could not verify them, so he did what any American would do. He placed the Dossier in his office safe, and then handed it over to Comey.

This is from Haltiwanger’s story:

McCain ultimately turned the dossier over to Comey in a meeting on December 9, 2016 that he said lasted about 10 minutes. “I did what duty demanded I do,” McCain wrote, adding that anyone who disagrees with his decision can “go to hell.”

The Dossier, as we all know by now, alleges that the Kremlin had been “cultivating” Trump for a while.

It also describes various, still unsubstantiated stories of Trump having paid Russian ladies of the night to perform sexual acts in front of him, including urination. McCain seemed to believe that if there was even a hint of truth in the Steele Dossier, that it had to be investigated.

And so he moved forward with it.

Without McCain’s involvement, the Dossier might still have come to the attention of the media.

But who knows?

Hillary Clinton helped pay for it, as did some of Trump’s former GOP rivals. But, as with most opposition research intended to influence a single election, it might have passed into obscurity.

Video: This is an amazing clip. On January 17, 2017, Sen. McCain tells FOX News that the Dossier never should have been leaked — and that Trump has a valid point.

By his own writing, Sen. McCain made sure that did not happen.

In all the columns and writings about “Russian collusion,” McCain’s name is rarely mentioned. But the late senator played his part, leading up to the current investigations that make Trump’s life miserable.

McCain seemed to have as little use for Trump as Trump had for him. He even requested that Trump not attend his funeral. Prior to that, his was the vote that saved Obamacare and scuttled a key election promise made by the Republicans – almost as if he wanted to be the one that stopped the “repeal and replace” from happening. You have to wonder if he would have cast that vote had John Kasich or Jeb Bush won the election.

McCain seemed to have it in for Trump. And it’s no wonder that Trump didn’t like McCain.

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