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Comey Admits He Didn't Tell Trump Steele Dossier Was Funded by His Political Opponents

Former FBI director James Comey, ABC. Image via YouTube

In his interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, fired FBI Director James Comey admitted that he did not inform President Trump that the Steele dossier was funded by the DNC because it “wasn’t necessary for my goal.”

“Did you tell him that the Steele dossier had been financed by his political opponents?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“No. I didn’t,” Comey replied. “I didn’t even think I used the term ‘Steele dossier.’ I just talked about additional material.”

“Did — but did he have a right to know that?” the host pressed.

“That it had been financed by his political opponents?” the former FBI director replied. “I don’t know the answer to that. I — it wasn’t necessary for my goal, which was to alert him that we had this information.”

According to Comey, Trump was “obsessed” with the alleged existence of a video depicting Russian prostitutes urinating on the bed in a Moscow hotel room, and asked him to investigate to reassure Melania. 

Comey said in the “20/20” interview that he warned the president against ordering a probe into the allegations in the Steele dossier.

“I said to him, ‘Sir that’s up to you but you 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 FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s campaign in July of 2016.

Asked if he thought the pee tape was real, Comey replied that “it’s possible” — making it abundantly clear that now, as in January of 2017, conniving Comey’s only objective was to embarrass and discredit the president.

The entire interview will run Sunday at 10:00 p.m. on ABC’s “20/20.”