Comey: Trump's 'spygate' claims are made up

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden sister has book deal, set to publish in April Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom MORE said late Thursday that claims by President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE and his allies that the FBI improperly spied on his presidential campaign were made up.

"As best I can tell, it's made up. I don't know where he's getting that from, honestly," Comey told late-night host Conan O'Brien during an interview on Thursday night.

Asked if it was possible that there was a "spy" inserted into Trump's campaign by an intelligence agency, Comey said, "I don’t find it possible and I know it not to be true."

The president and his allies have said in recent days that the FBI used a top-secret informant to spy on the Trump campaign for political purposes. 

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The informant, who has been identified in media reports as Stefan Halper, an American professor, reportedly met with at least three Trump campaign advisers in 2016: George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE, Sam Clovis and Carter Page.

Trump has asserted that if the FBI did spy on his campaign it would be "bigger than Watergate," the scandal that prompted the resignation of former President Nixon.

Comey remarked Thursday that Trump has repeatedly declared something to be "the biggest scandal since Watergate."

"My guess is two weeks from now it'll be something different than this," Comey said.

No evidence has surfaced that suggests the Obama administration spied on Trump's campaign. 

Select lawmakers met with top Justice Department officials in two separate meetings on Thursday to discuss highly classified information about the FBI's use of the informant in 2016.

Trump abruptly fired Comey in May 2017, ostensibly for his handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Club for Growth goes after Cheney in ad, compares her to Clinton Sanders to campaign for Turner in Ohio MORE's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. Since then, the president has repeatedly accused the former top cop of corruption.

In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump accused Comey of dealing significant damage to the FBI, calling him a "terrible and corrupt leader."

Comey has pushed back against Trump's broadsides during a series of public appearances and media interviews to promote his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership." In that title, Comey calls Trump an unethical and self-interested leader, who is "untethered to truth."