Former FBI director James Comey is making the rounds to promote his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” which is stuffed with a whole lot of gravitas-wrapped nothingburgers. Though he’s generally portrayed as a man deeply concerned with decorum and dignity, in an interview with ABC to promote the book, Comey proved that he’s willing to go low to take down the man who unceremoniously axed him last year.
In a truly “see it to believe it” moment, Comey and ABC chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton administration staffer, discussed in very serious terms Comey informing Trump about the most salacious and patently absurd claim in the notorious, “still unverified” dossier. Though he revealed that Trump asked him to prove that the wild claim that during a trip to Moscow in 2013 he hired Russian prostitutes to pee on a bed that Obama had slept in previously was as untrue as it sounds, Comey suggested that it is “possible” that it’s true.
Comey told Stephanopoulos that soon after Trump was inaugurated, he met with Trump and told him about the contents of the dossier. They later met again during a private dinner to discuss potential follow-up action.
Asked if he revealed to Trump that the dossier was compiled as an opposition research effort financed by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, Comey said no, explaining that “it wasn’t necessary for my goal” of informing Trump about its contents.
Comey described the conversation as “very weird” and says he felt like he was “floating above myself, looking down, saying, ‘you’re sitting here, briefing the incoming president of the United States about prostitutes in Moscow.'”
“I started to tell him about the allegation was that he had been involved with prostitutes in a hotel in Moscow in 2013 during the visit for the Miss Universe pageant and that the Russians had filmed the episode, and he interrupted very defensively and started talking about it, you know, ‘Do I look like a guy who needs hookers?'” said Comey.