Senator John McCain spent the past year betraying the Republican Party by dangerously trying to take down President Donald Trump and this has come back to bite him in a big way…
The Daily Caller reported that McCain this week was hit with bad news when attorneys for a Russian tech executive suing BuzzFeed for publishing the Steele dossier revealed that a longtime associate of the Arizona senator and two major news outlets are resisting subpoenas seeking their depositions for the case. Lawyers for the executive, Aleksej Gubarev, confirmed this in a brief filed in federal court late Wednesday. The lawyers claimed that a former State Department official and McCain associate, David Kramer, “has been seemingly avoiding service” of a deposition subpoena for weeks.
Wall Street Journal and The New York Times were named as the two media outlets that are challenging deposition subpoenas they have been served as part of the case.
Gubarev’s lawyers want to know who gave BuzzFeed the infamous dossier, which the website published to much controversy on Jan. 10. The dossier, written by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, claims that Gubarev and his companies, XBT Holdings and Webzilla, used spam, viruses, and porn bots to hack into DNC computer systems. Gubarnev strongly denied these allegations.
The lawyers representing Gubarnev say that identifying BuzzFeed’s source could shed light on whether the news outlet was warned that information in the dossier could be false. Publishing the dossier despite such warnings would show “reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of the information published,” according to the attorneys.
Buzzfeed decided to publish the dossier, which was financed by the Clinton campaign and the DNC and they also refused to identify its dossier source on the grounds that it would violate its First Amendment protections as a news-gathering organization, despite demands from Gubarnev’s lawyers for them to do so.
GUBARNEV’S LAWYERS HAVE ISSUED DEPOSITION SUBPOENAS TO THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, THE NEW YORKER, MOTHER JONES MAGAZINE, CNN, AND YAHOO! NEWS. IT HAS ALSO ISSUED A SUBPOENA TO WILLIAM F.B. O’REILLY, A REPUBLICAN CONSULTANT AND NEWSDAY COLUMNIST WHO WROTE ABOUT BUZZFEED’S DECISION TO PUBLISH THE DOSSIER.
McCain has previously refused giving a copy of the subpoena to Buzzfeed and Gubarnev’s lawyers have said that though the depositions for the news outlets are scheduled to occur throughout November, The Times and The Journal have “indicated their intent to fight the deposition subpoenas” by saying that are protected as journalists from discussing the issue.