President Donald Trump on Friday said former FBI Director James Comey should be prosecuted, right as Good Morning America ran a segment of Comey revealing his conversations with the president about allegations Trump was once “with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow.”
Trump also called him a “slime ball.”
Comey’s segment is part of his book tour, which is getting underway this week. In the book, Comey discusses the “golden showers thing” and compares Trump to a mafia boss. His full interview with ABC News will be Sunday night.
“James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and…..” Trump tweeted.
About 15 minutes later, Trump finished his thought, “….untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst “botch jobs” of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!”
Comey told ABC News that on Jan. 27, 2017, Trump, in a “really weird” conversation, discussed the so-called dossier with him, specifically that he wanted the FBI to investigate it “to prove that it didn’t happen.”
“And then he says something that distracted me because he said, you know, ‘If there’s even a 1 percent chance my wife thinks that’s true, that’s terrible,’” Comey said.
“‘And I remember thinking, ‘How could your wife think there’s a 1 percent chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?’” Comey told George Stephanopoulos.
“I’m a flawed human being, but there is 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 [that] there’s only a 99 percent chance you didn’t do that?” Comey said.
Comey said he warned Trump against investigating the allegations because “it might create a narrative that we’re investigating you personally” and it would be “difficult to prove something didn’t happen.”
When Comey initially briefed him on the allegations contained in the dossier, he said Trump got defensive and said to him, “‘Do I look like a guy who needs hookers?’”
“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,’” Comey told ABC News.
Comey said that at the time he was fired, the allegation was “unverified”
He said he told Trump, “I’m not saying that I believe the allegations.” Comey added, “I never said, ‘I don’t believe it,’ because I couldn’t say one way or another.”
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