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John McCain Is Not Happy With His Republican Colleague Over FBI Letter

Arizona Sen. John McCain is suggesting that his Republican colleague, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, is trying to distract from the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.

A spokeswoman for McCain issued a blistering statement on Thursday night in response to a letter that Grassley sent this week to FBI Director Christopher Wray regarding possible attempts by Russian operatives to infiltrate the Trump campaign.

“Facts are stubborn things, and the fact is no member of Congress has done more to push back on Russian aggression, human rights abuses, and corruption than Senator John McCain,” McCain spokeswoman Julie Tarallo said in a statement Thursday night.

“Any suggestion to the contrary is clearly intended to distract from the serious ongoing investigations into Russia’s interference in our election system.”

McCain appears upset with a letter that Grassley sent to Wray this week asking him to reveal whether the FBI provided any “defensive briefings” or warnings to the Trump campaign about any Russian operatives’ attempts to sneak into the campaign.

In the letter, Grassley cited McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign as a precedent for such “defensive briefings.” Grassley pointed to a recent news report from the website Circa that revealed that U.S. intelligence officials briefed the McCain campaign about the foreign lobbying activities of his campaign manager, Rick Davis, and Davis’ business partner, Paul Manafort.

That’s the same Paul Manafort who served as Trump’s campaign chairman last year. John Weaver, a campaign adviser to McCain, told Circa that U.S. intelligence raises concerns about Davis’ and Manafort’s consulting work.

It was revealed this week that Manafort was under surveillance because of his alleged contacts with suspected Russian operatives. Emails that Manafort sent last April, just after joining the Trump team, show that he offered to provide a “private briefing” about the campaign to Oleg Deripaska, Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin.

In 2006, it has been widely reported, Manafort helped Deripaska set up two meetings with McCain.

Manafort was investigated by the FBI beginning in 2014 for his foreign consulting activities. He was reportedly the subject of a secret surveillance order until just before he joined the Trump campaign last year.

In his letter to Wray, Grassley suggested that the FBI should have briefed the Trump campaign about Manafort’s past.

The reference to McCain seemed to be a tool to help justify the request, though the Arizona Republican appears to have interpreted it as an attack.

In her statement, Tarallo said that neither McCain nor anyone on his staff “recalls receiving such warnings from the intelligence community” about Russian infiltration threats. She did address the claim by Weaver, the McCain campaign adviser, that U.S. intelligence had warned the campaign about Manafort and Davis.

Tarallo also said that McCain’s 2006 interactions with Deripaska were “social occasions and entirely incidental.”

“Senator McCain has high confidence in Special Counsel Mueller and our intelligence agencies, and trusts they will follow all of the facts surrounding Russia’s brazen attack on our election wherever they lead,” Tarallo said.

She did not address the core of Grassley’s inquiry, that Russia-connected operatives may have attempted to infiltrate the Trump campaign.

McCain could butt heads wth Grassley on another matter.

The 81-year-old McCain is the only known lawmaker to have handled the anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. Grassley has led the charge on Capitol Hill to find out details about the document, which was published by BuzzFeed in January.

The Judiciary Committee recently interviewed Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired Steele last June to investigate Trump.

Fusion GPS had been hired by an ally of Hillary Clinton’s.

Grassley has expressed concern that a politically-tinged document like the dossier may have been used by the FBI as part of its investigation of the Trump campaign.

McCain was made aware of the dossier in November. He quickly dispatched an associate to London, where Steele operates his private intelligence company, to obtain the dossier.

The associate brought it back to McCain who then provided a copy to then-FBI Director James Comey during a Dec. 9 meeting. McCain has been tight-lipped about his handling of the dossier, saying only that he did not know whether the allegations in it were factual but believed that law enforcement should investigate them.

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. judi jj

    September 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    John MCcain is an A$$hole and needs to give up his seat to someone capable of doing his job. He’s a disgrace to the Republican party and needs to go over with fartface Schumer and big mouth Pelosi.

    • Elfriede Parker

      September 22, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      He is getting paid by none other then Soros…

      • Mastertomcat

        September 22, 2017 at 11:22 pm

        So are many…..the main reason for most of the madness going on. Soros and NWO is a cancer to the otherwise free world…

  2. Therese Kolodziej

    September 22, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Why in heavens name does McCain not retire. His brain is under tremendous stress & we cannot help but wonder if he is all there. Karma seems to have reached him about his past.

  3. Marvin Hogan

    September 22, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    All this talking from his office sounds like we have a very very corrupt McCain here! This guy is nothing but a worthless crook of a politician and nobody is looking into it until now and he knows that they got him AGAIN, but he will lye his way out of it AGAIN!

  4. robert g bernardini

    September 22, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Songbird should be removed in a straight jacket he lied to the people of Arizona about repealing Obama care which was just another disgraceful Lie by Traitor Liar and Thief Barry whatever his name is . 80 year old people are not competent enough to make critical decisions especially after watching the Russian BS hoax with his mumbling incoherent ranblins .

    • David

      September 23, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Yeah, the people of Arizona are pretty stupid, seeing all the facts of what McCain was about before his last re-election. He even had a great person running against him, and the morons put him back in office.

  5. Catalina Woody

    September 22, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Looks like McCain is worried about his connection to the fake dossier if they continue to dig. He is a cancer in the GOP and needs to be forced to resign.

  6. Vic Bailey

    September 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    John McCain has been a TRAITOR to America since Vietnam, he is still a TRAITOR because it pays more, He gave military secrets to N Vietnam, and lately he has done the same for ISIS and the muslim brotherhood, why has he NOT BEEN TRIED AND FRIED? I wouldn’t trust McCain in a SHITHOUSE with a muzzle on. Nothing is safe with McCain. Can you imagine had he been elected WWIII would already have destroyed many countries. The whole time McCain smiling! LOCK HIS TRAITOROUS ASS UP and throw away the key and ALL COMMUNICATION! Semper Fi.

  7. Janet Cocklereece

    September 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    John McCain is working for the dumb Dem’o

  8. T JONES

    September 22, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    AMEN TO ALL ABOVE!!!!WISH HE WOULD JUST GO HOME AND DIE IN PEACE AND LET SOME ONE WHO IS ABLE DO WHAT HE IS NOT DOING..OR SHOULD I SAY WHAT HE IS DOING AND THAT IS GOING AGAINST THE PRESIDENT TO DETER HIM FROM PUTTING HIS AGENDA THROUGH FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE..HE IS REALLY A GENUINE ASS AND SHOULD GIVE IT UP AND FADE AWAY….

    • Bernard garrett

      September 22, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Agree with this article,it calls him hat he is a back bitter, a crock, a snake in the grass,as low as a man can be, and is responsible for the death of many navy lifes.He should be charged and shot.

  9. paulette

    September 22, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    THEY WILL DO ANYTHING TO TRY AND GET RID OF PRESIDENT TRUMP,LIE,CHEAT,STEAL,INVENT ECT BUT NONE OF IT WILL WORK AND IT WILL TURN ON THEM,WATCH AND SEE,DONT MESS WITH GOD OR WHO HE CHOSES TO DO HIS WORK,THEY ARE TREADING ON THIN ICE

    • Elfriede Parker

      September 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      I hope people are smart enough and vote every body out comes 2018,get all does old idiots out,and bring in new blood.McCain is a traitor to the american people,he was a traitor when he was in Viet-Nam,thats why they call him the Songbird,He is a no good person,its time for him to go…

  10. AHZZ

    September 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    When McCain was a fighter pilot in the early 1960’s, this “IDIOT” released a rocket while sitting in his jet on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier & hit another jet and cause a massive fire!
    Luckily, no one was killed. But after that, I KNEW this foolish, simple-minded joker was DANGEROUS!!!

  11. nan

    September 22, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    McCain for sale… SOLD

  12. Rich

    September 22, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    McCain is a two faced jagoff fuck him

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  14. [email protected]

    September 23, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I always find it so amazing that when any Politician whether Republican or Democrat are asked a question they do not want to answer. They reply I do not recall,This must be in the politician training manual on page one item one.And every other page.This is a water of not telling the truth but then being able to say later I did not lie I just could not recall, Or any of his staff to this needs to be investigated by the CDC as mass amnesia is pretty rare in normal life groups.Perhaps it is something in the air,water or pay office in Washington DC. So because if this I suggest all Congressmen and Senators leave Washington immediately for they’re own health and safety. Until this phenomenon can be explained. BREAKING NEWS, The CDC has just released a statement and have come to the conclusion that this affliction that affects mainly politicians has found to be a truly devistating disease and have named it CYA POLITICUS.

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