President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE considered bringing a lawsuit against the author of the so-called Steele dossier, which contained allegations about his ties to Russia, according to memos authored by former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet Barr threatened to resign over Trump attempts to fire Wray: report 'Fox News Sunday' to mark 25 years on air MORE.

Comey wrote in a memo obtained by The Hill dated March 30, 2017, that Trump complained in a phone call that morning that “the cloud of this Russia business” was making his job difficult, referring to an FBI probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“He then went on at great length, explaining that he has nothing to do with Russia,” Comey wrote.


Trump denied a salacious claim in the dossier that he was involved with Russian hookers, and said he was “bringing a personal lawsuit against Christopher Steele,” according to Comey. 

Steele authored the dossier, which Trump has claimed is “phony” and “fake.” The dossier was funded in part by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows MORE’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Comey appeared on MSNBC a short time after the memos were made public, and was asked if he recalled the president talking about filing a lawsuit over the Steele dossier.

“I have some recollection of that,” Comey said, adding that he hadn’t read his own memos “in quite a while.”

“It rings a bell as I sit here," he added.

The Justice Department on Thursday night sent lawmakers multiple memos that Comey wrote after his meetings with Trump.

The release of the memos coincides with a series of media appearances Comey is making for the release of his new book. Trump fired Comey last May.