In one of his final interviews, John McCain warns America about President Trump and the coming Russian threat
The title 'Active Measures' is a Soviet term for the 'actions of political warfare conducted by the Russian security services to influence the course of world events
It seems like late Sen. John McCain, who had gone on to become Donald Trump's chief Republican antagonist in the Senate, is not done speaking against the President.
In an upcoming documentary 'Active Measures' by director Jack Bryan, McCain expressed alarm about Russia's interference in the 2016 elections.
“The fact that there was an attack on the fundamental—the absolute fundamental—a free and fair election, should alarm all of us,” McCain, who died on Saturday of brain cancer, says in the clip below.
The 112-minute documentary, which debuts in theaters on August 31, chronicles "the most successful espionage operation in Russian history", the American presidential election of 2016. It exposes a "30-year history of covert political warfare devised by Vladmir Putin to disrupt, and ultimately control world events."
In the process, the filmmakers follow a trail of money, real estate, mob connections, and on the record confessions to expose an insidious plot that leads directly back to the White House.
McCain's clips throughout the film appear to have been filmed before Trump's July summit with Putin, according to Daily Beast.
The documentary also features Hillary Clinton, former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, Yahoo News chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff and others.
The title 'Active Measures' is a Soviet term for the “actions of political warfare conducted by the Russian security services to influence the course of world events,” according to the two-hour documentary.
Director Bryan argues in the film that Russia had been cultivating Trump for years before he appeared on the presidential landscape. The director told Daily Beast that he wanted to include McCain in the documentary because he was “the most forceful voice in Congress at speaking out against Russian aggression and standing up for democracy worldwide.”
“In 2004 when Putin tried to rig an election in Ukraine, John McCain stood with the Ukrainian people. In 2016 when Putin tried to do the same thing in America, he was one of the few voices in his party who refused to remain silent,” Bryan told the outlet.
“He and Hillary Clinton were Vladimir Putin’s greatest adversaries in the United States, and without their voices it would be impossible to understand how and why our country arrived at this point.”
According to Daily Beast, McCain seems particularly disturbed by the Trump campaign’s successful effort to remove a provision condemning Russia’s annexation of Ukraine from the Republican Party platform.
“I think that’s part of this whole scandal that needs to be resolved,” McCain implores. “Why would the Republican Party remove a provision that would help people who have been invaded and slaughtered defend themselves?” He smiles slyly, gives a slight roll of his eyes and adds, “Interesting.”
In his final dig at Trump for failing to stop Russia from attacking US democracy, McCain, according to Daily Beast, says: “As long as people can do things without penalty, they’re going to continue to do them.”
Watch the theatrical trailer of the documentary below: