On Jan. 6, 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey briefed then-president-elect Donald Trump about portions of the so-called “Steele dossier,” compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of an opposition research firm funded in part by Democrats and Hillary Clinton.
That briefing included mention of what has become known as the infamous “pee tape” allegedly involving Trump and Russian prostitutes, and according to reports, Trump subsequently asked Comey to investigate the origins of such a tape. At the time, Comey resisted Trump’s requests, but according to Breitbart, Justice Department Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz’s long-awaited report, released earlier this month, revealed that “the FBI not only investigated those salacious claims but divined the origins of the outlandish charges.”
A dubious dossier
During his sworn testimony before Congress on June 8, 2017, Comey himself admitted to informing President Trump about the “pee tape” allegation and other matters included in the “salacious and unverified” dossier at the Jan. 6 briefing.
Comey also revealed that he had discussed the disgusting claim — which alleged that Trump had hired prostitutes to urinate on a bed formerly slept in by President Barack Obama at a hotel in Moscow — once more with the president during a White House dinner on Jan. 27, 2017.
On both occasions, President Trump was said to have denied the allegations and urged Comey to look into the origins of them — a request that Comey admitted to pushing back against.
“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,” Comey said in prepared remarks at a Senate hearing. “He said he would think about it and asked me to think about it.”
Some shaky sourcing
Fast-forward to the recent release of IG Horowitz’s comprehensive report and supporting testimony about the FBI’s abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to obtain warrants to spy on Trump’s 2016 campaign team, and some serious issues arise.
Indeed, it was revealed that the FBI’s efforts to verify the dubious claims in Steele’s dossier had involved interviews with Steele’s “primary sub-source” for his reports. That source reportedly undermined and called into question the veracity of Steele’s dossier — and in particular, the so-called “pee tape.”
According to Steele’s source, the “pee tape” story was never more than a rumor circulating among hotel employees that had been shared as a joke over beers at a bar and was never intended to be included in the eventual dossier.
Based on the IG’s findings, the FBI had learned that there was nothing to the “pee tape” story by early January 2017, certainly prior to the Jan. 27 White House dinner, if not even prior to the initial mention of the alleged tape at the Jan. 6 briefing.
But according to Breitbart, Comey declined to share that rather pertinent piece of information with President Trump, and in fact, appears to have misled him and the rest of the American people by allowing the debunked claim to be perpetuated for years by Trump’s critics in the media.
As if there weren’t already abundant evidence that Comey is nothing more than a duplicitous snake who clearly deserved to be fired, this latest revelation should only confirm the fact that he needs to be held accountable for his actions. It’s past due.