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The same foreign lobbyists and Russians tied to the Trump probe were once associated to Senator John McCain when he ran for President.
“Before there was Trump, there were concerns about some of the same people being around McCain about 10 years ago, and we alerted his team to those concerns and they appeared to take some defensive action,” according to a U.S. official, who was involved a decade ago and remains in the counterintelligence world. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity.
There is no evidence that McCain ever changed his positions on Russia or took official actions to favor Davis’ clients, or that Deripaska ever asked anything of the Republican senator, Weaver said.
“The difference between this and the current Trump/Putin situation is McCain's views toward Putin actually hardened over this time period and his already strong commitment to pro-democracy movements in Eastern Europe solidified as well,” he said.
The contacts, while troubling to McCain aides and some in U.S. intelligence, were perfectly legal.
Weaver said he feared the contacts may have been a “a test case that caught the attention of the Kremlin and the GRU” but in the end McCain remained firm in his opposition to Putin.
originally posted by: LemmySkynyrd
a reply to: Boadicea
no, McCain was not caught in collusion, but he'd still sure as hell rather not discuss how he was not...