It appears that there’s a major case of backstabbing that happened when an associate of late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gave the Steele dossier to BuzzFeed News, according to a court filing released on Wednesday.
The dossier turned out to be questionable, at best, and was delivered shortly after Donald Trump was elected as president in a stunning victory.
According to The Daily Caller, David Kramer, a former executive at the McCain Institute, met with a BuzzFeed reporter named Ken Bensinger, according to a filing that was submitted by U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro.
After that, BuzzFeed published the dossier written by Christopher Steele, a former British spy.
The revelation that Kramer was BuzzFeed’s source settles one of the main mysteries of the dossier, which alleges a vast conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian government to influence the 2016 election.
According to Ungaro, BuzzFeed and Kramer dispute how Bensinger obtained a copy of the dossier.
“The parties dispute whether Kramer gave Bensinger a copy or whether Bensinger took photos of the Dossier when Kramer was not looking,” reads a footnote in Ungaro’s filing.
“Kramer testified that Bensinger took photos of the Dossier when Kramer was out of the room, even though he asked Bensinger not to,” wrote Ungaro, adding, “in a later declaration, Kramer stated that he had no objection to Bensinger taking a hard copy and had provided hard copies to other journalists.”
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