With less than two weeks before inauguration day, Senator John McCain is making a big move aimed to overturn the election that Donald Trump won with Russia’s help.
According to several new reports, Senator McCain (R-AZ) passed documents to the FBI director, James Comey, alleging secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow and that Russian intelligence had personally compromising material on the president-elect himself, including “perverted sexual acts” by the president-elect that would be used by The Kremlin to control Trump through blackmail.
The material, which has reported by The Guardian, is a series of reports on Trump’s relationship with Moscow. They were drawn up by a former western counter-intelligence official, now working as a private consultant. BuzzFeed on Tuesday published the documents, which it said were “unverified and under investigation”.
According to The Guardian, Sen. McCain, who was informed about the existence of the documents separately by an intermediary from a western allied state, dispatched an emissary overseas to meet the source and then decided to present the material to Comey in a one-on-one meeting on 9 December, according to a source aware of the meeting. The documents, which were first reported on last year by Mother Jones, are also in the hands of officials in the White House.
The Arizona Senator was sufficiently impressed by the source’s credentials to feel obliged to pass them to the FBI.
According to The Guardian:
“The Senate armed services committee, which Senator McCain chairs, launched an inquiry last week into Russian cyber-attacks during the election.
McCain was reluctant to get involved, according to a colleague, for fear the issue would be dismissed as a personal grudge against Trump. He pushed instead for the creation of a special Senate committee to look into connections between campaign staff and Moscow, but the proposal was blocked by the Republican leadership.
McCain told the NBC ‘s Meet the Press on Sunday: “I would like to see a select committee. Apparently, that is not in agreement with our leadership. So we will move forward with the armed services committee and I’m sure foreign relations and intelligence committee will as well.”
But the senator added: “It is possible if enough information comes out, that that decision could be reversed. I still think it’s the best way to attack the issue.”
Asked on the same program on whether an investigation was ongoing into campaign links to Moscow, Senator Lyndsey Graham, another conservative Republican said: “I believe that it’s happening.”
Trump’s transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but late on Tuesday, Trump took to Twitter to write: “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
He made no direct reference to the allegations.