FOX News' Bret Baier asked James Comey if he believed the Steele dossier was "salacious" why did he use it as part of the FISA application to obtain a warrant to surveil the Trump campaign. The former FBI director said his "recollection" is there was more than the dossier, it was part of it but not all of it, to get the FISA. He said a "broader mosaic of facts" was also used to get the warrant.
He said he was directed by the Director of National Intelligence, James Comey, to brief Trump on the dossier.
BRET BAIER: You called the dossier unverified, salacious. Why did you use that to the FISA court to ask for surveillance for Carter Page? Not only use it but you led with it, a bulk of that FISA application deals with that dossier. Why?
JAMES COMEY: Yeah. That's not my recollection, Bret. And I don't know that the FISA application has been released. My recollection was it was part of a broader mosaic of facts that were laid before the FISA judge to obtain a FISA warrant.
BAIER: It was a lot more than the dossier in the FISA application?
COMEY: My recollection was there was a significant amount of additional material about Page and why there was probable cause to believe he was an agent of a foreign power. And the dossier was part of that but was not all of it or a critical part of it, to my recollection.
BAIER: The intel briefing at Trump Tower. You briefed the president-elect on the sliver of the dossier, really the salacious part about the prostitutes in Moscow and that allegation.
BAIER: Didn't include anything broader than that, right?
COMEY: Correct. My mission in that private briefing was just to tell him about that slice of it.