Bret Baier appeared taken back by former FBI Director James Comey’s response to being questioned about the source of the “Trump dossier” during his interview Thursday.
Here’s what Comey said
“When did you learn that the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign had funded Christopher Steele’s work?” Baier asked.
“Yeah I still don’t know that for a fact,” Comey responded.
“What do you mean?” Baier replied.
“I’ve only seen it in the media, I never knew exactly which Democrats had funded,” Comey explained, “I knew it was funded first by Republicans.”
“But that’s not true,” Baier interrupted.
“I’m sorry?” Comey said.
“That’s not true, that the dossier that Christopher Steele worked on, was funded by Republicans?” Baier said.
“My understanding was his work started funded by,” Comey explained, “as oppo reseach, funded by Republicans…”
“So Free Beacon said that they had Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS on a kind of a retainer, but they did not fund the Christopher Steele memo or the dossier,” Baier interrupted. “That was initiated by Democrats.”
“OK,” Baier said. “My understanding was the activity was begun that Steele was hired to look into, was first funded by Republicans, then picked up, the important thing was picked up by Democrats opposed to Donald Trump.”
“So is that why, did you tell President Obama who the dossier was funded by?” Baier asked.
“No, not to my recollection,” Comey responded.
“Did you want to know who it was funded by?” Baier asked.
“I wanted to know what I knew which is it was funded by people politically opposed to Donald Trump,” he clarified. “Which particular opponents wasn’t that important to me.”
“So you still to this day don’t know that it was funded by the DNC or the Clinton campaign?” Baier asked, stunned.
“I’ve read that in the media but I don’t know for a fact,” he added, “and didn’t know when I was at the FBI, who, which exact opponents of the president funded that.”
Here’s the video of Comey’s response:
Comey’s lack of interest for who exactly funded the controversial dossier will give more ammunition to those alleging that he inappropriately used the dossier to justify the FISA surveillance on members of Trump’s campaign team.