President Donald Trump recalled the moment that former FBI director James Comey showed him that infamous “dossier” – which consisted of a litany of outrageous accusations of things he’d never done while visiting Russia – in a telling interview with The New York Times reporters at the White House on Wednesday.
Trump said it was “really phony stuff” and noted that he has no regrets for firing Comey.
“I think I did a great thing for the American people,” stated Trump.
The president said he believed that Comey had an ulterior motive for showing him the dossier. “It was so wrong, and I was with groups of people. It was so wrong that I really didn’t … I didn’t think about motive,” he said. “He shared it so that I would think he had it out there.”
“As leverage?” one reporter asked.
“Yeah, I think so in retrospect,” Trump replied.
Trump talked about Comey’s admission in front of the Senate that he illegally leaked information about their conversations in order to get a special prosecutor appointed for the Russia investigation.
“He illegally leaks, and everyone thinks it is illegal, and by the way, it looks like it’s classified and all that stuff,” Trump said. “So, he got — not a smart guy — he got tricked into that because they didn’t even ask him that question.”
Since the Times article, which contains a list of revealing quotes from the president, was published, Trump has been bashed by the media for talking so frankly to the newspaper. In addition to talking about Comey, Trump issued a warning to special counsel Robert Mueller about not investigating his family’s finances and said that he regrets appointing Jeff Sessions as attorney general.
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