Everyone who is known to have handled the Steele Dossier prior to its publication in Buzzfeed has denied leaking it except one man. David J. Kramer, a former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, has been subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee to answer many questions and may be compelled to divulge the names of Russian sources used to build the dossier.
Kramer worked with Senator John McCain in many capacities over the years. His involvement with acquiring the Steele Dossier, which made strange accusations against President Trump, for the Senator included a trip to London to meet with Steele directly at the end of November, 2016, less than three weeks after Donald Trump won the presidential election. As a result of the meeting, copies of the dossier were given to Kramer and McCain, who then gave a copy to former FBI Director James Comey.
As Daily Caller notes, there is conspicuous timing that may indicate Kramer or someone close to him was Buzzfeed’s source:
Attorneys for Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian businessman suing BuzzFeed over the dossier, revealed last week that they recently learned the name of BuzzFeed’s source. That disclosure was made several days after Gubarev’s lawyers deposed Kramer.
The attorneys have said they are unable to identify the source because of a court-imposed gag order in the lawsuit.
If Kramer was the source, why did he do it? Since it was made public after the election, it wouldn’t affect the results. The only plausible explanations would be to embarrass the President or create enough of a stir that either the President resigned in shame or was forced out of office. Since President Trump denies the allegations and they’re so peculiar that they’re hard to believe, the effects have been negligible.
An argument can be made that the dossier helped bring about the Mueller investigation, but that simply isn’t true. The Mueller investigation would have moved forward whether the dossier was released or not and has not played a role in it other than fodder for frenzied Trump opponents.