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.


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