Donald Trump considered Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry to disprove lewd dossier, James Comey says

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The Beast writes that Kelly had meant to quit in protest over Comey's departure, but according to sources who have read the book, Comey writes that he urged Kelly to stay on, saying "this president" needs people of integrity inside the administration. Shortly, Comey mused: "In what kind of marriage, to what kind of man, does a companion conclude there's exclusively a 99 % chance her husband didn't do this?" "'My first instinct was that my campaign should hit back and explain that Mr. Comey had badly overstepped his bounds, ' she wrote in the book, her attempt to make sense of her electoral defeat by Donald J. Trump".

The dossier in question contained claims that the Kremlin had a tape of Trump receiving golden showers while laying on a bed formerly occupied by president Obama. As questions of potential collusion with the Russian government quickly clouded Trump's presidency, Comey was infamously, dramatically fired in May of previous year.

At one point Trump discussed the political implications of the dossier and possible strategies while intelligence community leaders remained in the room, wrote Comey, according to ABC News which also obtained a copy of the book.

White House officials accused him of mishandling the investigation into the email practices of Hillary Clinton, but Mr Trump later confirmed the "Russia thing" was on his mind when he made the decision. Comey writes that Obama told him in a White House meeting after the election, "I picked you to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director because of your integrity and your ability". He casts Trump as a mobster-like figure who sought to blur the line between law enforcement and politics and tried to pressure him personally regarding his investigation into Russian election interference.

According to the book, Trump brought up the pee-tape during a private dinner on January 27, 2017.

"They've been about to information a country that had been attacked by a overseas adversary, however that they'd no questions on what the long term Russian menace might be", Comey wrote, primarily based on The AP.

Former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 8, 2017. "She had told somebody she was going to chew me out for what I had done".

Trump was not a target of the investigation, Comey also told Trump in a March 30, 2017, phone conversation.