President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to criticize the late Senator John McCain for allegedly sharing the damaging Steele dossier with the FBI prior to the 2016 election.
Trump tweeted on Sunday that McCain was “last in his class,” and that his attempts to discredit the President were in vain.
“So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) ‘last in his class’ (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election,” President Trump tweeted on Sunday morning. “He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual).”
Trump’s claims were yet again not based in reality. ABC News writes that there is no evidence McCain shared the dossier with the bureau before the presidential election. Last year, the outlet reported that the senator hand-delivered a copy of the dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey in December of 2016.
McCain later explained the reason behind the decision to do so, saying in his book “The Restless Wave” that “the allegations were disturbing, but I had no idea which if any were true. I could not independently verify any of it, and so I did what any American who cares about our nation’s security should have done.”
The dossier, compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and claimed there was compromising information on President Trump that Russia possessed.
As for the “last in his class” remarks, McCain had publicly acknowledged he had graduated almost at the bottom of his class, saying that he was extremely proud of what he had accomplished.
“I celebrate what a guy who stood fifth from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy has, has been able to do. I’m so grateful — every night when I go to sleep, I am just filled with gratitude,” he said.
Trump’s tweet drew the ire of the late senator’s daughter Meghan McCain, who said in a tweet of her own, “No one will ever love you the way they loved my father…. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?”