James Comey says Donald Trump asked him to debunk Russian prostitute rumours
Politics April 13, 2018 12:26 pm Updated: April 13, 2018 12:34 pm James Comey says Donald Trump asked him to debunk Russian prostitute rumours
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Ex-FBI boss James Comey claims U.S. President Donald Trump asked him to investigate allegations in an intelligence dossier that the president had met with Russian prostitutes during a trip Moscow in 2013.Story continues below
In an interview with ABC Newsâ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, Comey said he was asked to investigate allegations made in the dossier, compiled by a former British secret agent, to prove they were not true.
âI said to him, âSir thatâs up to you but you want to be careful about that because it might create a narrative that weâre investigating you personally and, second, itâs very difficult to prove something didnât happen,ââ Comey said in an interview aired Friday.
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Comey sat down with ABC News to discuss his forthcoming tell-all book, titled A Higher Loyalty, which sheds light on the time he spent inside the Trump administration, the details of his firing, and even goes so far as to compare the president to a mob boss.
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The former FBI director said Trump raised the dossier with him at least four times during meetings. Comey said he first alerted Trump about the dossier on Jan. 6, 2017.
âIâm about to meet with a person who doesnât know me, whoâs just been elected president of the United States, [and] by all accounts, and from my watching him during the campaign, could be volatile,â Comey said in the ABC int erview. âAnd Iâm about to talk to him about allegations that he was involved with prostitutes in Moscow and that the Russians taped it and have leverage over him.â
None of the allegations made in the dossier have been verified.
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Comey described to ABC News the meeting with Trump as being âreally weirdâ and âalmost an out-of-body experience.â
During a second meeting with Trump at the White House, Comey said the president raised the Moscow allegations again over fears first lady Melania Trump would believe the allegations.
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âHe said âEven if ther eâs a one per cent chance my wife thinks thatâs true, thatâs terrible,ââ Comey said of the conversations. âI remember thinking âHow could your wife think thereâs a one per cent chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?ââ
âIâm a flawed human being but thereâs literally zero chance that my wife would think that was true so what kind of marriage to what kind of man does your wife think thereâs only a 99 per cent chance you didnât do that,â Comey said.
Trump has denied all allegations made in the dossier, calling the former MI6 agent a âfailed spy.â
âIt now turns out that the phony allegations against me were put together by my political opponents and a failed spy afraid of being suedâ¦.â Trump tweeted last year. âTotally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans â" FAKE NEWS! Russia says nothing exists.â
When Stephanopoulos flat-out asked Comey if he believ ed Trumpâs denial, the ex-FBI boss said he didnât know.
âI honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I donât know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013. Itâs possible, but I donât know.â
Trump fired Comey in May 2017. The firing led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign.
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