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Bush institute exec pushing ‘civility’ pledge leaked Steele dossier to media outlet in 2016

The George W. Bush Institute executive who organized a joint statement by 13 presidential libraries pledging to unify to preserve democracy was previously revealed as the person who leaked the infamous Steele dossier to BuzzFeed after the 2016 election.

David Kramer, the executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, spearheaded a statement Thursday signed by 13 presidential libraries dating back to Herbert Hoover.

“By signing this statement, we reaffirm our commitment to the principles of democracy undergirding this great nation, protecting our freedom, and respecting our fellow citizens,” the statement read, in part. “When united by these convictions, America is stronger as a country and an inspiration for others.”

Kramer and Bush

David J. Kramer, the Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute and former President George W. Bush leave the stage after a talk during the Struggle for Freedom Conference at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on November 16, 2022, in Dallas, Texas.  (Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The dossier served as the basis for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page later that year, and it was later revealed that it originally had been commissioned by a research firm hired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. 

The dossier has since been repeatedly discredited and debunked, including by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation, which found no evidence of collusion.

The Bush Institute did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Jessica Chasmar is a digital writer on the politics team for Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to


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