Trump: Comey Used ‘Golden Shower’ Dossier As Leverage

President Donald Trump breathed new life into one of the oddest political scandals in the country’s history Wednesday when he alleged to The New York Times that former FBI Director James Comey may have tried to use the so-called “Golden Shower” dossier as leverage over him.

The memo was generated by former British spy Christopher Steele, and, among other accusations, it contained a wild claim that Trump once hired prostitutes to urinate in front of him on a bed that former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama had slept on at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton. The report claimed that a video existed of the alleged incident, but no proof has surfaced to date.

Trump claimed he was in Moscow only for the Miss Universe Pageant for one day, then explained how he told Comey the dossier was “made-up junk” and why, he thinks, Comey shared the information with him.

“I think he shared it so that I would—because the other three people left, and he showed it to me,” Trump said. “So anyway, in my opinion, he shared it so that I would think he had it out there. ”

Asked if knowledge of the dossier was meant to be taken as an indication of Comey having “leverage” over him, Trump responded, “Yeah, I think so.”

Trump fired Comey in early May, at first claiming it was because of a memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But the later told NBC News that the Trump-Russia investigation was the reason and that he planned to dismiss Comey anyway.

In the far-ranging New York Times interview, which included an expression of regret over appointing Jeff Sessions attorney general, Trump called the scandalous 35-page dossier “made-up junk.”

In the past, Trump was angered by news reports, particularly from CNN, for first alluding to the existence of the dossier in January. He went so far as to call out one of the network’s reporters during one of his few press conferences and labeled him “fake news.” Trump also called BuzzFeed, which first published the full dossier, a “failing pile of garbage.”

Trump brought up the controversy with the Times after saying he had previously heard—from who or where he could not recall—that the Democratic National Committee had received a payment from Russia. He then likened it to the dossier.

“Now, you know, when you look at the kind of stuff that came out, that was, that was some pretty horrific things came out of that. But that’s what I had heard,” Trump said. “But I don’t know what it means. All I know is this: When somebody calls up and they say, ‘We have infor—’; look what they did to me with Russia, and it was totally phony stuff.”

Trump went on about Steele, the dossier’s author, and his trip to Moscow. “Now, that was totally made-up stuff.... I know a lot about those guys, they’re phony guys. They make up whatever they want. Just not my thing. Plus, I have witnesses, because I went there with a group of people. You know, I went there with Phil Ruffin....”

Ruffin is a billionaire known for his work in casinos, oil and real estate. Trump added that Keith Schiller, his former head of security at Trump Tower and now director of Oval Office operations, was also there with him in Moscow.

Steele had been hired by Fusion GPS, a company that gathers political intelligence and was co-founded by former investigative reporter Glenn Simpson. Simpson was going to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the dossier but last week pulled out. His lawyer claimed the committee’s request was a violation of Simpson’s First Amendment rights, according to The Hill.

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