Graham defended McCain's role and said he told Trump that his close friend's involvement was limited.
Graham said he was "very direct" with Trump, and if Trump thinks it was the McCain people who spread this, "he is right." There were some McCain people who took a piece of garbage and Trump tried to follow Trump after the elections. "
Graham added," I told the President that it was not John McCain, I know because John McCain showed me the dossier, and I told him I was the only one It could be a pile of garbage, it could be true, hand it over to someone who has the job of finding out, and John McCain has behaved accordingly. "
Later Graham asked that he put the dossier in a "safe" the day he got it and handed it to the FBI the next day.
"And I understand that, obviously, there are people in the McCain world who did some inappropriate things, but it was not John McCain, John McCain was not in the press, he talked to me as soon as he got it and he handed it over to the FBI, and that's exactly what he should have done.
Former McCain adviser David Kramer turned to the Senator of Arizona following the 201
In November 2016, a former British ambassador to Russia, who knew what Steele had researched, met with McCain, his colleague Christopher Brose and the former State Department Kramer official who worked with McCain in Halifax.
At McCain's request, Kramer Steele followed suit and received copies of the dossier from a property owner mer of Fusion GPS.
Kramer then shared the dossier with McCain and the Senate staff on November 30, 2016, asking McCain to hand them over to the FBI and the CIA.
On Monday, Graham said, "You know, I do not care if President Trump likes John McCain or not, I do, I like President Trump, John McCain is one of my closest friends in life, not just politics. I want President Trump to be successful, he was very good to me in the sense that he let me into his world, and I have access to the President of things that matter to me and the country, and I know to appreciate that, and I want him to succeed. "
Graham said McCain was" one of his best friends in life, "said Graham Trump asked the South Carolina senator," He really was your friend? "
"I said, 'Yes, he really was my friend,' Graham said.
This story has been updated with other developments Monday.
Katelyn Polantz of CNN contributed to this report.