President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE on Thursday said he did spend the night in Moscow the night before the Miss Universe contest in 2013 and accused former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHillary 2024? Given the competition, she may be the Dems' best hope Trump draws attention with admission he 'fired Comey' Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE of lying in memos detailing their conversations.
"I went to Russia for a day or so," Trump said in an interview on "Fox & Friends." "Of course I stayed there."
The president's claim appears to contradict what Comey says he was told by Trump. Comey recalled in memos released last week that Trump twice told him that he hadn't stayed the night in Russia during the trip.
Comey said he authored such memos to document his interactions with Trump, out of concern that the president could lie about their conversations.
Trump said that he never told Comey that he didn't stay overnight in Moscow and pointed to the apparent contradiction as an example of the inaccuracy of the former FBI director's memos.
Flight records obtained by Bloomberg also confirmed Trump’s overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow.
Trump fired Comey in May, saying the dismissal was due to the former top cop's handling of the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Armageddon elections to come Poll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' MORE's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State.
Trump later acknowledged that he took the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election into account when he fired Comey.
Comey's ouster has become part of the special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE's Russia investigation as he looks into whether Trump sought to obstruct justice.