Fired FBI Director James B. Comey has provided a number of assertions about the Trump-Russia investigation that conflict with the historical record.

Whether it involves who paid for the dossier that repeated salacious and unproven claims about President Trump, what Mr. Comey knew about the funding, and when author Christopher Steele first met with the FBI, the former director has provided his version of facts that critics say are wrong.

Mr. Comey is on a media tour selling his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty.”

Dossier funding

Mr. Comey told Fox News Channel anchorman Bret Baier last week that Republicans first funded the Steele dossier and the money flow later shifted to unknown Democrats. This assertion is one that liberals often repeat to cast blame on Republicans for a dossier that makes a series of election collusion charges that remain publicly unconfirmed.

Here was their dialogue:

Mr. Baier: When did you learn that the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign had funded Christopher Steele’s work?

Mr. Comey: Yes. I still don’t know that for a fact.

Baier: What do you mean?

Mr. Comey: I’ve only seen it in the media. I never knew exactly which Democrats had funded. I knew it was funded first by Republicans.

Mr. Baier: But that’s not true.

Mr. Comey: I’m sorry?

Mr. Baier: That’s not true that the dossier that Christopher Steele worked on was funded by Republicans.

Mr. Comey: My understanding was his work started funded by — as oppo research funded by Republicans.

The congressional and court records in this matter clearly show that Fusion GPS, a private investigative firm, received funds from a Republican donor to investigate Mr. Trump during the primary election season. When Mr. Trumpsecured the nomination, the funding stopped.

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