Former FBI Director James Comey sat down with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow Thursday evening on her show that turned into a conversation about Russian hookers and golden showers.
“In your words, the president brought up the golden showers thing and said it really bothered him if his wife had any doubt about it. He then explained, as he did at our dinner, that he hadn’t stayed overnight in Russia during the Miss University trip,” said Maddow, sitting across from a stone-faced Comey.
“The president said he hookers thing is nonsense but that Putin had told him we have some of the most beautiful hookers in the world.”
“He told you he had a personal conversation with President Putin about hookers?” Maddow finally asked.
“Yes,” said Comey.
Just hours before the interview, a series of Comey memos written during his last months as FBI director were provided to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The real-time memorialization of his encounters with President Trump leaked to the media almost instantly and provided fresh material for Comey to weigh in on.
Though the memos had been demanded by GOP representatives, the accounts from Comey align with his public statements since leaving the FBI and on his book tour.
After a stormy relationship, President Trump fired James Comey from his job at the FBI last year. The decision was in part due to Comey’s investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign. The effort to stem the probe backfired, however, and played a direct role in the decision by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel.