CNN had to eat crow after the release of former FBI Director James Comey’s opening statement for his testimony on Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee contradicted the anonymous sources of a report they issued on Tuesday.
According to the CNN report, which was headlined “Comey expected to refute Trump,” Comey was going to dispute President Trump’s claims that the former FBI director told him on multiple occasions that he was not under investigation.
Citing unnamed sources in their collaborative reporting, CNN journalists Gloria Borger, Eric Lichtblau, Jake Tapper and Brian Rokus came to the wrong conclusion.
“Comey is going to dispute the president on this point if he’s asked about it by senators, and we have to assume that he will be,” chief political analyst Borger confidently claimed on Tuesday in an appearance on CNN. “He will say he never assured Donald Trump that he was not under investigation, that that would have been improper for him to do so.”
However, Comey’s opening statement said there was no counter-intelligence investigation on the president.
Comey wrote, “Prior to the January 6 meeting, I discussed with the FBI’s leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally. That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him. We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted.”
He added, “During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President Elect Trump’s reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance.”
CNN then published a correction on Wednesday afternoon with the revised headline: “Comey unlikely to judge on obstruction.” There was also a note above the title above the original article, stating, “CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement. The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.”
Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway weighed in on CNN’s mishap:
THIS is CNN.
Please make this a "Breaking News" headline for the next 5 days. https://t.co/piSuDE2agU
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) June 8, 2017
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