Comey Tells Fox News He Still Doesn't Know for a Fact that Democrats Funded the Steele Dossier
Fired FBI Director James Comey, in an interview with Fox News on Thursday, defended sharing his memos about conversations with President Trump with friends, saying the memos were akin to his "personal diary." Incredibly, he also claimed that he still doesn't know for a fact that Democrats funded the Steele dossier. And he seemed intent on pushing the false left-wing talking point that Republicans were behind the funding of the Steele dossier.
Strangely enough, he also claimed to not be familiar with the term "collusion," seeming to favor the word "cahoots" to describe the activity that sparked the FBI counterintelligence investigation into Trump's campaign.
Comey told "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier that his memos were unclassified when he shared them. “It's still unclassified. It's in my book. The FBI cleared that book before it could be published,” he insisted. “I didn't consider it part of an FBI file. It was my personal aide to memoir.”
When he appeared before the Senate last June, Comey admitted that he shared his memos with his friend, Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman, with the intention of having the contents leaked to the media.
Comey told Baier that he gave copies of his memos to his legal team after he gave them to Richman to leak to the media. After two of them were deemed to contain classified information, he said his lawyers returned them to the FBI.
Baier player a clip of President Trump on "Fox and Friends" Thursday morning accusing Comey of being a “a leaker and a liar” who is “guilty of crimes.”
"He's just wrong -- facts really do matter, which is why I'm on this show to answer your questions," Comey responded. "That memo was unclassified then, it's still unclassified -- it's in my book! The FBI cleared that book before it could be published."
Asked why he didn't reveal that Richman had been hired as a special government employee for the FBI to work on special projects, he answered: “None of that was true at the....”
When Baier asked Comey what crime or collusion was used as a basis for the investigation, the former director said "collusion's not a word that I'm familiar with."
He added that the FBI opens a counterintelligence investigation to find out if "any Americans are in cahoots with the foreign intelligence activities of an adversary nation."
Asked when he learned that the Hillary Clinton campaign was behind the funding of the dossier, Comey responded, "Yeah, I still don't know that for a fact." He added he had only seen those reports in the media. "I know it was funded first by Republicans," he said.