While many passages of James Comey’s upcoming A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership have been discussed early, ahead of the book’s Tuesday release, perhaps none got more attention than Comey’s description of Trump’s “fixation” on discrediting the Steele dossier’s most salacious detail about Trump’s 2013 visit to Moscow where Trump allegedly employed prostitutes for a “golden shower” sex show.
The story, part of a dossier by former British spy Christopher Steele, was originally made public by Buzzfeed on January 10, 2017, ten days before Trump’s inauguration. Witnesses say that he was outraged by the news and Trump certainly didn’t hide his fury over the story. Former FBI Director James Comey, however, says Trump’s anger became more of a fixation.
Per the @nypost, @Comey alleges in book that Trump "rolled on, unprompted" to him about the "'golden showers thing'" & said he was thinking about having Comey investigate; bothered Trump that Melania might think there's even a 1% chance it was true https://t.co/KVVM9y1MDA
— Sarah Boxer (@Sarah_Boxer) April 12, 2018
Trump’s hometown publication, NY Daily News, latched onto that piece of Comey’s story to ridicule the president with an explosive new upcoming cover.
An early peek at Friday's front… pic.twitter.com/mRgKGv1fBK
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 12, 2018
Comey described the conversation with the president and his own surprise that Trump was more obsessed by the hooker story than Russia’s attempts to hack the 2016 presidential election. Most stunning, to Comey, was Trump’s concern about his wife, Melania.
‘Then he says something that distracted me because he said, you know, “If there’s even a 1% chance my wife thinks that’s true, that’s terrible.” And I remember thinking, “How could your wife think there’s a 1% chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?” I’m a flawed human being, but there is literally zero chance that my wife would think that was true. So, what kind of marriage to what kind of man does your wife think there’s only a 99% chance you didn’t do that?’
““I’m a flawed human being, but there is literally zero chance that my wife would think that was true. So, what kind of marriage to what kind of man does your wife think there’s only a 99% chance you didn’t do that?”” https://t.co/Bz2trvDV6e
— Colin Livingston (@colinl66) April 13, 2018
Reaction to the NY Daily News cover was swift and overwhelmingly positive from their readers on Twitter. See some of their comments on the cover below:
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