CNN Reports President Trump ‘Falsely Claims’ James Comey Leaked, But CNN Reported Comey Had Leaked
CNN “fact checked” President Trump on Thursday for referencing a story they initially reported on regarding former FBI director James Comey leaking information out to the public during his days as a deep state spook.
The fake news leader attempted to fact check Trump based on an exchange he had with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) back in May 2017.
“It is frustrating when the FBI refuses to answer this committee’s questions, but leaks relevant information to the media. In other words, they don’t talk to us, but somebody talks to the media. Director Comey, have you ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?” Grassley said to Comey.
“Never,” replied Comey.
“Question two, relatively related: have you ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?” Grassley asked Comey.
“No,” said Comey.
“Has any classified information relating to President Trump or his association — associates been declassified and shared with the media?” Grassley asked Comey.
“Not to my knowledge,” Comey said.
However, Comey eventually admitted to making leaks in June 2017, and CNN reported on it at the time.
“Former FBI Director James Comey testified Thursday that he orchestrated the leak of accounts of conversations with President Donald Trump because he thought it might lead to the appointment of a special prosecutor to lead the Russia investigation,” CNN reported.
“The revelation emerged in a blockbuster Senate intelligence committee hearing, one of the most significant moments yet in the saga over Russia’s role in the 2016 election, the subsequent investigation and how it led to the firing of Comey by the President in an episode that has cast a deep shadow over the administration,” they added.
“My judgment was that I needed to get that out into the public square,” he said, adding that he committed the leak because he “thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”
“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey said.
Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz noted discrepancies in Comey’s story at the time.
“Although Mr. Comey testified he only leaked the memos in response to a tweet, the public record reveals that The New York Times was quoting from these memos the day before the referenced tweet, which belies Mr. Comey’s excuse for this unauthorized disclosure of privileged information and appears to entirely retaliatory,” Kasowitz said.
“We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether these leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated,” he added.
The fake news is now correcting President Trump for citing reports that they have made in the past, as they are desperate to malign him following his acquittal and complete vindication.