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FBI Director James Comey looks on during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on March 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Former FBI Director James Comey said he is actually not sure whether he believes President Donald Trump’s denials about unsubstantiated dealings with prostitutes in Russia a few years ago.
In an ABC News interview, Comey described briefing the then-president-elect on the salacious, unverified allegations of which he watched prostitutes urinate on each different in Russia in 2013. The allegations came through what’s known as the Steele dossier, which was funded in part by the Democratic National Committee.
“the idea was almost an out-of-body experience for me,” Comey told ABC in an excerpt of which aired Friday. “I was floating above myself, looking down, saying, ‘You’re sitting here briefing the incoming president about prostitutes in Moscow.'”
Trump, who fired the FBI director four months after of which discussion, pushed back against the allegations, according to Comey. Trump said he was a “germaphobe” as well as suggested of which someone like him wouldn’t need to hire prostitutes, Comey said. The revelations come as the president is actually embroiled in multiple sex scandals.
When George Stephanopoulos, who interviewed the former FBI director for ABC News, asked Comey whether he believed Trump’s denial of the allegations within the dossier, Comey said he couldn’t be sure.
“Honestly never thought these words might come out of my mouth, although I don’t know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each different in Moscow in 2013,” he said. “the idea’s possible, although I don’t know.”
Comey said in his completely new book of which Trump continually brought up the allegations about the prostitutes as well as suggested of which the FBI investigate the claims. Comey said Trump told him of which “the idea bothered him if there was ‘even a 1 percent chance’ his wife, Melania, thought the idea was true.”
Comey’s memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” is actually due out Tuesday. Excerpts of the book have already emerged, including details about how Comey as well as Trump discussed what’s become known as the “pee tape.”
Trump has also publicly denied the allegations within the dossier. On Friday, Trump took to Twitter to rip Comey, calling him an “untruthful slime ball” who “should be prosecuted.”
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ABC News plans to air the full interview with Comey at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday night.