James Comey went on ABC and interviewed with former Clinton administration staffer George Stephanopoulous about his newest book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.” During the interview, Comey revealed that he purposefully withheld very crucial information about the dossier investigation from President Trump.
“Did you tell him the Steele dossier had been financed by his political opponents? asked Stephanopoulous.
“No, I don’t even think I used the words ‘Steele Dossier.’ I just talked about additional material,” responded Comey.
“Did he have a right to know that?” asked Stephanopoulos. “That it had been financed by his political opponents? I don’t know the answer to that. It wasn’t necessary for my goal, which was to alert him that we had this information,” responded Comey.
“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.
“And I assumed he was asking that rhetorically. I didn’t answer that, and I just moved on and explained, ‘Sir, I’m not saying that we credit this, I’m not saying we believe it. We just thought it very important that you know,'” said Comey. It might have helped to explain that the dossier was funded by Hillary Clinton.