John McCain Associate Connected To Steele Dossier Begs Judge To Seal Deposition For ‘Personal Safety’ Reasons

Thursday, January 18, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Joshua Caplan
January 18, 2018

According to reports, Sen. John McCain associate, David Kramer, has asked a federal judge to seal the deposition he gave in a lawsuit connected to the now discredited Steele dossier. According to the Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross, Kramer’s lawyer, Aleksej Gubarev, believes releasing the deposition would create a media firestorm, jeopardizing his client’s personal safety.

The seemingly desperate request strikes an odd tone after lawyers for Glenn Simpson reportedly pressured Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to release the Fusion GPS founder’s interview transcripts with Congressional investigators. Why would Kramer, a figure undoubtably with a lower profile than Simpson, be more fearful for his life than the man at the center of the Steele dossier scandal?

Daily Caller reports:

“David Kramer, a former State Department official and former director at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, filed a motion in federal court in Florida asking a judge for a protective order to block the public release of his deposition.

Kramer was deposed last month by lawyers for a Russian businessman suing BuzzFeed News for publishing the dossier. The lawyers for the businessman, Aleksej Gubarev, are interested in Kramer because he is one of just a few people known to have handled the dossier after it was completed by former British spy Christopher Steele and before its Jan. 10, 2017 publication. […]

Kramer was interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee last month and has also met with the Senate Intelligence Committee. […]

He asserted that Kramer’s deposition in the BuzzFeed lawsuit “would reveal the extent of the Congressional Committees’ knowledge regarding the information provided by Mr. Kramer in closed-door sessions.”

Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson personally gave Senator John McCain (R-AZ) a copy of the now discredited dossier. Earlier reports suggested that McCain was made aware of the dossier from British associates, but was never in possession of the document’s final draft.

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