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Senior officials in the FBI worried that Comey would seem like he was blackmailing Trump

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The FBI's former top lawyer told Yahoo News that senior officials in the agency once worried that former FBI Director James Comey would seem like he was blackmailing President Donald Trump.


On Jan. 6, 2017, then-FBI Director Comey and FBI chief counsel Jim Baker met with President-elect Donald Trump. They told Trump that the FBI had received allegations that Trump had solicited prostitutes in Moscow. These allegations were part of the infamous — and at least partially discredited — dossier on Trump compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

This was the same meeting where Comey assured the president that he was not personally under investigation, something Baker had urged Comey not to say.

The concern for Baker and Comey as well as other unnamed senior officials at the FBI was that mentioning the allegations about prostitution to Trump would make it appear as if they were blackmailing the president-elect.

Baker told Yahoo News's "Skullduggery" podcast that they "were quite worried about the Hoover analogies, and we were determined not to have such a disaster happen on our watch."


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