President Trump asked me to investigate 'pee tape' to reassure Melania, ex-FBI chief Comey says
The dossier claimed that Russia had a blackmail tape of Trump asking prostitutes to urinate on a bed in a Moscow hotel room where the Obamas stayed.
Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, in his new book 'A Higher Loyalty', has stated that President Donald Trump wanted him to probe the infamous pee-tape allegations in an attempt to reassure the First Lady Melania Trump that he wasn't involved in it.
A British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, released a dossier shortly before the 2016 elections, which alleged evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The dossier also claimed that Russia had a blackmail tape of Trump asking prostitutes to urinate on a bed in a Moscow hotel room where the Obamas stayed, reports the Vox.
Comey, in his book "A Higher Loyalty", writes: "He [Trump] brought up what he called the ‘golden showers thing’ . . . adding that it bothered him if there was ‘even a 1 percent chance’ his wife, Melania, thought it was true."
"He just rolled on, unprompted, explaining why it couldn’t possibly be true, ending by saying he was thinking of asking me to investigate the allegation to prove it was a lie. I said it was up to him," the book states.
Trump "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.The ex-FBI chief goes on to state that the conversation took between him and Trump took place at a private dinner on January 27, 2017, just days after the Steele dossier was published. Comey, in his book, recalls wondering why would the First Lady think there could be even a one percent chance that the allegation was true.
"In what kind of marriage, to what kind of man, does a spouse conclude there is only a 99 percent chance her husband didn’t do that?" Comey writes, noting that there was "zero chance" that his own wife would believe an allegation like that.
The book states that after Trump's suggestion Comey warned the president that such a probe could "create a narrative that we were investigating him personally." To which Trump replied and said that Comey "might be right" but insisted that the former FBI chief should consider the idea regardless.
Trump reportedly had also made a phone call to Comey on January 11, stating that the "pee tape" could not be real because he was a germophobe.
"There’s no way I would let people pee on each other around me," Comey recounts Trump saying.
President Trump reportedly called Comey again on March 30, 2017, arguing that the golden showers thing was not true.
"For about the fourth time, he argued that the golden showers thing wasn’t true, asking yet again, ‘Can you imagine me, hookers?’" Coney's book states. The president reportedly also added during the call that "he has a beautiful wife and the whole thing has been very painful to her.”