While former FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony Thursday may not have given onlookers much more information than the leaked opening statement, there were a few clarifying details to help reframe some of the questionable information that has been churning for the past 5 months.
One such detail was the validity of a New York Times article published back in February of this year that all but implicated Trump campaign aids colluded with Russian intelligence officials in February of 2016.
Anonymously sourced, the story connects Trump aid contact with Russian officials and the publishing of the hacked personal emails from DNC staffers and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta by demonstrating the two events happened around the same time.
When asked if this report was true, Comey replied, “In the main, it was not true. The challenge, and I’m not picking on reporters, about writing on classified information is: The people talking about it often don’t really know what’s going on, and those of us who actually know what’s going on are not talking about it.”
The response is a telling one, especially given the myriad leaks that make up the foundation of the information the public has to go on.
He added, “And we don’t call the press to say, ‘Hey, you got that thing wrong about this sensitive topic.’ We just have to leave it there.”
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