Out of Nowhere, Trump Tells GOP Senators and Donors That He’s Not Into Golden Showers

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Former president Donald Trump is liable to say just about anything at just about any time. Remember the pee tape? In a recent speech in Palm Beach at the National Republican Senatorial Committee retreat, a gather of senators, donors and assorted lobbyists, Trump took some time away from praising himself to declare that he is not into “golden showers.” According to a Washington Post report, “Unprompted, he brought up an unsubstantiated claim he had interactions with prostitutes in Moscow before he ran for president. ‘I’m not into golden showers,’ he told the crowd. He followed that up by saying: “You know the great thing, our great first lady—‘That one,’ she said, ‘I don’t believe that one.’”

In her Vanity Fair HIVE column, Bess Levin wrote that Trump was apparently trying to get ahead of an interview ABC’s George Stephanopoulos recently held with former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, author of the Steele dossier that, among other things, claimed that a tape existed showing Donald Trump getting peed on by prostitute in a Moscow hotel room in 2013. That tape if it exists, has not seen the light of day.

What was curious about Trump’s comment was that the Steele dossier was put to rest quite a while ago, so why was he bringing it up again? Most likely because Steele is out promoting a new television series based on his exploits.

In a 2018 interview, James Comey told Stephanopoulos that Trump said, “’If there’s even a one percent chance my wife thinks that’s true, that’s terrible.’ And I remember thinking, how could your wife think there’s a one percent chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other? I’m a flawed human being, but there is literally zero chance that my wife would think that was true. So what kind of marriage to what kind of man does your wife think there’s only a 99 percent chance you didn’t do that?”

VF’s Levin reported that “Speaking to ABC News, …Steele, the subject of a new documentary … said that despite the immense criticism the dossier has come under since it was leaked, he ‘stand[s] by the work we did, the sources that we had, and the professionalism which we applied to it.’” (The Hulu documentary series is called Out of the Shadows: The Man Behind the Steele Dossier.)

According to ABC News, “Steele’s dossier has come under immense scrutiny since its release. And yet in many ways, it proved prescient. The Mueller probe found that Russia had been making efforts to meddle in the 2016 campaign, and that Trump campaign members and surrogates had promoted and retweeted Russian-produced political content alleging voter fraud and criminal activity on the part of Hillary Clinton. Investigators determined there had been ‘numerous links—i.e. contacts—between Trump campaign officials and individuals having ties to the Russian government.’ And, proof emerged that the Trump Organization had been discussing a real estate deal in Moscow during the campaign. All were findings that had been signaled, at least broadly, in Steele’s work.

“Steele continues to defend the inclusion of some of the dossier’s more controversial claims, including that Michael Cohen,Trump’s former personal attorney and self-described fixer, traveled to Prague in 2016 for secret meetings with Russian interlocutors—a claim that Cohen has vehemently denied, and that the FBI later determined not to be true.”

Responding to Stephanopoulos’s question in about the FBI’s finding re the Cohen charge, Steele said: “I’m prepared to accept that not everything in the dossier is 100% accurate. I have yet to be convinced that that is one of them.”

Asked why Russia never released the tape, Steele replied: “It hasn’t needed to be released because I think the Russians felt they’d got pretty good value out of Donald Trump when he was president of the U.S.”

Having been peed on by Trump — figuratively, not literally – over the years, lets give Michael Cohen the last word. In a statement, Cohen told ABC News, “I’m pleased to see that my old friend Christopher Steele, a/k/a Austin Powers, has crawled out of the pub long enough to make up a few more stories. I eagerly await his next secret dossier which proves the existence of Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and that Elvis is still alive.”






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Bill Berkowitz is a longtime observer of the conservative movement. His Conservative Watch columns document the strategies, players, institutions, victories and defeats of the American Right.





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