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New James Comey Book Details Trump Dossier and Private Encounters with the President
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12 Apr 2018 08:47 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: James Comey (Image Source: Public Domain)

 

This was just a matter of time, wasn't it? Didn't we all know after James Comey was fired last year from his role as FBI director that eventually we'd get all the details one way or another? He's done what we assumed he would: he wrote a book that details that surprising dossier that the Russians supposedly held over Donald Trump's head and also provides accounts of many of his private interactions with the President.

If you go back just one year, you go back to a time fraught with friction between Trump and Comey. They were not getting along, and many stories were getting out in the press, but it was hard to tell what to believe. 

The President decided to fix that and fired Comey on May 9. It didn't solve anything, as this is what led to Robert Mueller being named as special counsel to look into the interference of Russia during the election the previous year.

Regarding the infamous Russian dossier, Comey details in his new book a conversation that happened in January 2017 after the intelligence chiefs had finished briefing the President on the Russian interference in the election when he stayed behind to discuss sensitive material with Trump.

This material was the "widely circulated" dossier, put together by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, that was filled with allegations about Trump, including statements that he'd been filmed interacting with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013.

The President "strongly denied the allegations, asking — rhetorically, I assumed — whether he seemed like a guy who needed the service of prostitutes. He then began discussing cases where women had accused him of sexual assault, a subject I had not raised. He mentioned a number of women and seemed to have memorized their allegations."

After the notorious Access Hollywood tape that was leaked during the election, this seems like the second time Trump seemed to be bragging about his interactions with women.

Comey reports that the conversation "teetered towards disaster." Then "I pulled the tool from my bag: 'We are not investigating you, Sir.' That seemed to quiet him."

However, the President then became obsessed with discussing the details in the dossier about the prostitutes, particularly the part that said he watched them urinate on themselves in the same suite the Obamas had once stayed in "as a way of soiling the bed."  He raised the topic at least four times with Comey, and much of these conversations are detailed in the book. 

Trump was filled with excuses as to why this account was not true. "I'm a germaphobe," he admitted in a later call a few days later. "There's no way I would let people pee on each other around me. No way." 

He brought it up again even later, asking what they could do to "life the cloud," as it was too painful for Melania.

The author describes the President as a man who built "a cocoon of alternative reality that he was busily wrapping around all of us." 

The Washington Post says he goes on to describe Trump as "a congenital liar and unethical leader, devoid of human emotion and driven by personal ego."

Comey also compares Trump to a mob boss, saying the encounters gave him "flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob. The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth."

It all results in "the forest fire that is the Trump presidency." He goes on to say, "What is happening now is not normal. It is not fake news. It is not okay," sounding very much like Omarosa when she talked about Trump in the White House on "Celebrity Big Brother" this winter.

And of course, Comey also details in his book the Valentine's Day meeting in the Oval Office when Trump asked Jeff Sessions to leave and then brought up the FBI investigation of Michael Flynn. He'd be remiss if he didn't bring it up. 

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go," Comey recalls Trump saying. "He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."

Outside of his interactions with Trump, the other interesting information included in Comey's book is regarding Hillary Clinton's emails. Not the emails themselves, but the conversation he had with former President Obama after her loss.

"I picked you to be FBI director because of your integrity and your ability," Obama told Comey. "I want you to know that nothing — nothing — has happened in the last year to change my view."

Near tears, the FBI director told him, "boy, were those words I needed to hear ... I'm just trying to do the right thing."

"I know," he said. "I know."

Comey even includes a message for Clinton in his book. "I have read she has felt anger toward me personally, and i'm sorry for that. I'm sorry that I couldn't do a better job explaining to her and her supporters why I made the decisions I made."

Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership" goes on sale Tuesday, April 17.

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