The Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee said that he received sensitive information last year and turned it over to the FBI, an apparent reference to news that President-elect Donald Trump was told by intelligence officials about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona said in a statement Wednesday that he examined the contents of the material, was unable to make a judgment about the accuracy and delivered the information to the director of the FBI, James Comey, according to a statement published on his website.
McCain said, “That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue.”
President Obama, Trump, and other congressional leaders were briefed on the allegations.
Both Trump and the Kremlin denied the allegations, with Trump tweeting that it’s “fake news.”
FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
On Tuesday night, BuzzFeed News published the document in its entirety, while noting there are many unverified and unlikely claims made. Its editor-in-chief, Ben Smith, tweeted a letter in an attempt to explain why the website published the information—which essentially violated standard journalistic practices.
“Publishing this dossier reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017,” he wrote.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.