James Comey says he regrets telling President Trump during his tenure as FBI director that the bureau was not investigating him personally.
“It might have been a mistake,” Comey told USA Today in an interview published Monday. “It led the president to want to get that fact out (publicly), which I was resisting.”
Comey told the then-president elect in their first meeting after the election that he was not a target in the Russia investigation.
In the same meeting, Comey had briefed Trump on a dossier that contained salacious details about his alleged ties to Russia that was prepared by a former British intelligence officer. Comey said he assured Trump he wasn’t personally under investigation to bring Trump’s “temperature down.”
“It caused all kinds of issues,” Comey added.