James Comey Admits He Held Back Information When Briefing Trump About Dossier

James Comey Admits He Held Back Information When Briefing Trump About Dossier

James Comey during testimony admitted when he briefed then President-elect Donald Trump about the controversial dossier, he did not inform the incoming President about who financed the document.

In the second release of Comey’s testimony earlier this week, the embattled former FBI director admitted that he was aware the dossier – authored by former British spy Christopher Steele – was financed by Democrats who opposed Donald Trump.

With the former FBI Director purposely withholding information from Trump about the political origins of the dossier, it raises further questions.

James Comey last year openly stated that he pushed back against a request from Donald Trump to possibly investigate the origins of “salacious material” – meaning the Steele dossier — that the agency possessed in the course of its investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

In testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees on Monday, James Comey was asked whether he informed Donald Trump about the controversial dossier’s financing.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) asked: “In this meeting, did you tell the President who had financed the dossier?”

“No,” was Comey’s simple reply.

Jordan was referring to James Comey’s January 2017 official briefing to Donald Trump about the dossier.  That briefing was subsequently leaked to the news media, with CNN on January 10, 2017 breaking the story that the contents of the dossier were presented during classified briefings one week earlier to Trump and then-President Barack Obama.

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