Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly said his country is willing to offer former FBI Director James Comey political asylum if he is prosecuted in the U.S. for leaking his memos on his private conversations with President Trump.
According to a translation by RT, a Russian-controlled television network, Putin said Comey's leaks put him "in a vulnerable position." He compared the former FBI director to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who currently has asylum in Russia.
Comey, like Snowden, acted as an "activist," Putin said.
Putin has denied Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Comey was investigating Trump's potential ties to Russia before he was abruptly fired last month.
After Comey's testimony to Congress last week, the president's personal lawyer said he would file a complaint this week against the former FBI director for disclosing details of his conversations with Trump. No complaint has been filed yet.