McCain defends giving dossier to Comey: 'I would do it again'

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainJuan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden Democrats lead in three battleground Senate races: poll Republican Scott Taylor wins Virginia primary, to face Elaine Luria in rematch MORE (R-Ariz.) wrote in his upcoming memoir that he does not regret alerting the FBI about the so-called Steele dossier, which details President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE’s alleged ties to Russia.

McCain acknowledged in January 2017 that he delivered a dossier of “sensitive information” to then-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed The Seila Law case: Liberty and political firing A new age of lies? MORE.

In his upcoming book, "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations," McCain wrote that he "did what duty demanded I do" in passing on the documents.

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“I discharged that obligation, and I would do it again. Anyone who doesn’t like it can go to hell,” McCain said, according to excerpts of the book published by The Guardian.

He added that any risk that the president might be compromised by Russians "had to be investigated."

The Steele dossier has been at the center of investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election conducted by congressional committees and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE. Trump has repeatedly called the latter's probe a "witch hunt" and a "hoax."

The document has been a source of controversy, as it was funded partly by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Hillary Clinton: 'I would have done a better job' handling coronavirus MORE’s presidential campaign.

It started out as an opposition research document funded by the conservative website The Washington Free Beacon.

The dossier contains claims about Trump's ties to Russia, including some salacious allegations about the president. Some of the claims have not been verified.

Comey, who was fired in May 2017, has said that Trump was fixated on disproving some of the more scandalous claims in the dossier.