Wednesday on CNN addressing media reports that he had turned over a dossier containing unverified claims about Russia and President-elect Donald Trump, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said, “I don’t know if it’s credible or not but I thought the information deserved to be delivered to the FBI, the appropriate agency of government,” Breitbart reports.
Partial transcript as follows:
MCCAIN: After looking at that information I took it to the FBI and have had no further involvement with it at issue. By the way, according to some media reports they already had that information, but I didn’t know that at the time. I did what any citizen would do, received sensitive information and then handed it over to the proper government agency and had nothing else to do with it.
REPORTER: Why do you think they came to you?
MCCAIN: No idea.
REPORTER: Do you find the information credible?
MCCAIN: I don’t know. That’s why I gave it to the FBI. I don’t know if it’s credible or not but I thought the information deserved to be delivered to the FBI, the appropriate agency of government.
REPORTER: Does it trouble you?
MCCAIN: It doesn’t trouble me because I don’t know if it’s accurate or not.
REPORTER: Does it make you worried he is subject to blackmail by either the Russians or others?
MCCAIN: It doesn’t bother me because I don’t know if it’s true or not true because I have no way of corroborating that. The individual made sure I received the information. I then looked at it. I decided it’s a matter for the FBI and gave it to the FBI.