Comey Continues To Defend Shredded Steele Dossier

David Krayden | Ottawa Bureau Chief

Former FBI Director James Comey continues to defend the widely discredited Steele dossier that alleges Donald Trump engaged in perverse sexual romps with Russian prostitutes.

It was reported this week that Department of State documents prove former MI6 agent Christopher Steele only provided the dossier as fodder for the Hillary Clinton election campaign and that the FBI was aware of this confession.

Still, Comey told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that former special counsel Robert Mueller made an “oblique reference” to the veracity of the video that supposedly shows prostitutes urinating on Trump, popularly known as the “pee tape.” (RELATED: James Comey Has ‘Never Thought’ Of Electronic Surveillance ‘As Spying’)

Former FBI Director James Comey defends the discredited Steele dossier at a CNN town hall segment, May 9, 2019. CNN screenshot via Twitter.

Former FBI Director James Comey defends the discredited Steele dossier at a CNN town hall segment, May 9, 2019. CNN screenshot via Twitter.

Cooper even told Comey that “those tapes were false” as he asked the former FBI director whether he regrets providing legitimacy to the Steele dossier in former interviews. Comey continued to suggest the dossier might be grounded in fact even when asked whether he had provided credibility to a lie.

“Do you regret making those comments that some would see as sort of stoking the fires or leaving it as an open question?” Cooper asked.

“No, I was trying to give an honest answer, and my answer would be the same today,” Comey responded.

US President Donald Trump arrives for an event to celebrate the one year anniversary of the "Be Best" initiative in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 7, 2019, in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump arrives for an event to celebrate the one year anniversary of the “Be Best” initiative in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 7, 2019, in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

When told that he could have just said, “those [tapes] were unverified,” Comey said, “I don’t know whether it’s true or not. That’s a crazy thing to have to say because with an other leader I would say, ‘that’s preposterous, that couldn’t possibly be true.’” (RELATED: Will Hillary Ever Be Charged For Her Emails? James Comey Says ‘Zero Chance’)

Comey also said he did not know how to answer the question of whether Russians “have leverage over president Trump, saying “I don’t know the answer to that,” but he did say he thinks it’s possible without providing any additional reasoning for that assertion.

According to Department of State documents released this week, Steele admitted that his “research” on Trump’s alleged activities in Russia had to be provided to the Clinton campaign before Election Day in 2016.

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