Other members of the media also had some awareness of McCain’s intention to meet with Comey.
Kramer also provided a briefing in early Dec '16 on the dossier to both Wallander and Victoria Nuland.
BuzzFeed published the dossier online on January 10, 2017.
McCain denied ever providing a copy of the dossier to BuzzFeed.
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.”
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.”
"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…”
Comey would only inform Trump of the “salacious” details contained within the dossier.
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.”
Immediately following the CNN story, BuzzFeed published the Steele 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.”
In August 2017, CNN hired Clapper as its national security analyst.