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1) David Kramer, an associate of McCain, provided updates to Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, former MI6 spy and dossier author Christopher Steele, and other members of the media regarding McCain’s meeting with FBI Director James Comey.
2) Kramer, a private citizen, was providing updates to a former British spy as to what a sitting senator was saying to the director of the FBI.

Other members of the media also had some awareness of McCain’s intention to meet with Comey.
3) Kramer revealed that he had contact with at least 14 members of the media regarding the Steele dossier.

Kramer's media contacts included:
4) Kramer gave a full copy of the unverified dossier to National Security Council member Celeste Wallander, Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Speaker Paul Ryan’s CoS, Jonathan Burks.

Kramer also provided a briefing in early Dec '16 on the dossier to both Wallander and Victoria Nuland.
5) Kramer confirmed that he was BuzzFeed News’ source for the dossier.

BuzzFeed published the dossier online on January 10, 2017.

McCain denied ever providing a copy of the dossier to BuzzFeed.
6) Steele produced a final memo dated Dec. 13, 2016.

According to UK court documents, Kramer, on behalf of McCain, had asked Steele to provide any further intelligence that he had gathered relating to “alleged Russian interference in the US Presidential election.”
7) Notably, it appears it was this request from McCain that led Steele to produce his Dec. 13 memo.

Although Kramer did not provide a date, he said he received the final Steele memo sometime after “Senator McCain had provided the dossier to Director Comey.”
8) Kramer showed a copy of the dossier to BuzzFeed News reporter Ken Bensinger on Dec. 29, 2016, during a meeting at the McCain Institute, which, according to Kramer, “was closed for the holidays during that whole week.”
9) Kramer testified that Bensinger “asked me if he could take photos of them on his—I assume it was an iPhone. I asked him not to."

"He said he was a slow reader, he wanted to read it. And so I said, you know, I got a phone call to make, and I had to go to the bathroom…”
10) On Jan. 5, 2017, Obama held an undisclosed White House meeting to discuss the ICA—and the attached summation of the dossier—with National Security Adviser Susan Rice, FBI Director James Comey, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
11) The following day Comey then met with President-elect Trump to inform him of the dossier.

Comey would only inform Trump of the “salacious” details contained within the dossier.
12) Shortly after Comey’s meeting with Trump, both the meeting and the existence of the dossier were leaked to CNN.

Comey: “Media like CNN had them and were looking for a news hook. I said it was important that we not give them the excuse to write that the FBI has the material.”
13) On Jan. 10, 2017, CNN disclosed the existence of the dossier and Comey's briefing.

Immediately following the CNN story, BuzzFeed published the Steele dossier.
14) Kramer when CNN broke the story on the dossier:

“I believe my words were ‘Holy shit.’"

Kramer - who was meeting with The Guardian's Julian Borger when CNN reported on the dossier - said that he quickly spoke with Steele, who “was shocked.”
15) The following day, Jan. 11, 2017, Clapper issued a statement condemning the leaks—without revealing the fact that he was the source of the leak to CNN.

In August 2017, CNN hired Clapper as its national security analyst.

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