McCain defends giving dossier to Comey: 'I would do it again'

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate GOP warms to Trump’s rescissions package HBO announces date, title for McCain documentary Hatch apologizes to McCain for funeral comments MORE (R-Ariz.) wrote in his upcoming memoir that he does not regret alerting the FBI about the so-called Steele dossier, which includes allegations about President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcConnell trolls Blankenship on Twitter: ‘Thanks for playing, Don’ Pittenger loses GOP primary fight Blankenship concedes GOP Senate primary in W. Va. MORE’s alleged ties to Russia.

McCain acknowledged in January 2017 that he delivered a dossier of “sensitive information” to then-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey to Trump lawyers: Be wary of Mueller interview because Trump ‘lies a lot’ Comey explains why he didn’t confront Trump The Memo: Few think Trump will interview with Mueller MORE.

In his upcoming book, “The Restless Wave,” McCain wrote that he “did what duty demanded I do” in passing on the documents.

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“I discharged that obligation, and I would do it again. Anyone who doesn’t like it can go to hell,” McCain said, according to excerpts of the book published by The Guardian.

He added that any risk that the president might be compromised by Russians “had to be investigated.”

The Steele dossier has been at the center of investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election conducted by congressional committees and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE. Trump has repeatedly called the latter’s probe a “witch hunt” and a “hoax.”

The document has been a source of controversy, as it was funded partly by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLobbying World GOP West Virginia Senate primary: live results A winning strategy for Democrats in 2020: populism, not Trump bashing MORE’s presidential campaign.

It started out as an opposition research document funded by the conservative website The Washington Free Beacon.

The dossier contains claims about Trump’s ties to Russia, including some salacious allegations about the president. Some of the claims have not been verified.

Comey, who was fired in May 2017, has said that Trump was fixated on disproving some of the more scandalous claims in the dossier.