Tapper to Comey: Why Only Tell Trump About Part Of The Dossier, Not Everything?

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CNN's Jake Tapper grills James Comey to explain why he told President Trump about part of the infamous dossier and not everything. Comey said a "core part" of the dossier was correct about Russian influence in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

"It was only about the salacious part of it," Comey said about what he told Trump about. "Because that was the part that the leaders of the intelligence community agreed he needed to be told about because we knew it and thought it was about to become public. And if it was true, we didn’t know whether it was true, it would be important to let him know this as part of a defensive briefing."

JAKE TAPPER, CNN: So, let’s talk about the investigation and what you can talk about it. In January, 2017 when you met with President Trump and you did that oral presentation of what’s in that two page memo, summarizing the Steele dossier. We know from the book that you talked about these unverified allegations involving him and prostitutes.



Did you brief him about any – any of the other things in the Steele dossier, claims that his associates, Michael Cohen or Paul Manafort, were potentially working with the Russians? Or was it only about the prostitutes?

JAMES COMEY, FORMER FBI DIRECTOR: It was only about the salacious part of it.

TAPPER: Why? Why only about that?

COMEY: Because that was the part that the leaders of the intelligence community agreed he needed to be told about because we knew it and thought it was about to become public. And if it was true, we didn’t know whether it was true, it would be important to let him know this as part of a defensive briefing.

TAPPER: While we’re on the subject of the dossier, by the time you left, how much of it do you think you were able to, either, prove to be correct, verify, or debunk?

COMEY: The work was still underway. I wouldn’t be able to say anyway, if I was still there, but the work was still underway when I was fired.

TAPPER: Some of it – is it fair to say that some of it you verified as true and some of it you debunked as false?

COMEY: I think that all I can say is a core part of it was consistent with lots of other intelligence, a core part of it being the Russians are engaged in an orchestrated campaign to influence the American election.


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