Former FBI Director James Comey is out and out promoting his new book "A Higher Loyalty" that's set to release on Tuesday. In excepts released from an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that's set to air on Sunday, Comey says he met with the president to discuss an unverified dossier's allegations that the president once watch prostitutes miterate upon a bed that President Obama once stayed in with his wife.
The 35-page dossier was assembled by a former British intelligence officer and published by Buzzfeed early last year. The dossier included a graphic description of an alleged sexual encounter, and intimated that the incident had been caught on video.
Comey told Stephanopoulos that Trump asked him during a private one-on-one dinner that the president brought up the dossier saying "He may want me 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 says he was struck by the odd phrasing by the president about the allegations.
“‘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?’ 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?”
The former FBI Director says Trump then told him that "I may order you to investigate that."
Comey says he demurred, saying "'Sir, that's up to you. But you'd want to be careful about that, because it might create a narrative that we're investigating you personally, and second, it's very difficult to prove something didn't happen,’” Comey said.
The full interview with Comey airs this Sunday on ABC News at 10/9 Central.
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