Former FBI Director James Comey may have just been caught being dishonest yet again.
Information contained in the Justice Department Inspector General’s recent report “raises immediate questions” about then-FBI Director James Comey’s decision to push back on Trump’s request to investigate the infamous “pee tape” allegation in the Steele dossier, Breitbart‘s Aaron Klein and Joshua Klein report.
The FBI did, in fact, look into the claim and discovered “glaring issues” with the sourcing, as is seen in the IG report. Why didn’t Comey share that information?
Comey briefed Trump on dossier claims
According to Comey’s testimony before the Senate in 2017, he claimed to have specially briefed then-President-elect Trump about “salacious and unverified” allegations in the anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele on January 6, 2017.
The “salacious and unverified” allegation pretty obviously refers to one of the most lurid claims in the dossier — rumors of a “pee tape” involving then-private citizen Donald Trump and Russian prostitutes at a Moscow hotel in 2013.
Comey shared in his testimony that Trump disputed the allegation and denied that it had ever occurred.
Comey pushes back on Trump request for investigation
Comey further noted in his testimony that the “pee tape” story came up once more during a meeting with the president on Jan. 27, 2017, and that Trump asked him to look deeper into the origins of the allegation.
The former FBI director claimed that he pushed back against that idea, however.
“He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen,” Comey testified. “I replied that he should give that careful thought because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren’t, and because it was very difficult to prove a negative.”
But according to Breitbart, “the timeline strongly indicates that by the January 27 dinner with Trump, Comey’s FBI had already interviewed a main source of the ‘pee’ claims.”
This begs the question: why didn’t Comey share this with Trump?
According to Breitbart, the briefing, which was leaked to the media, may have ultimately provided the “hook” necessary for the media to begin reporting on the “salacious” claims in the unsubstantiated Steele dossier. Buzzfeed published the dossier on January 10, 2017, despite admitting that the dossier was unverified and contained errors.