Former FBI Director James Comey ripped the New York Times during his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, scolding the paper for a phony Trump-Russia collusion article he describes as “not true.”
Speaking with Republican Senator James Risch, the former FBI chief was asked about a New York Times article in February that falsely detailed the Trump campaign’s electronic communications with the Kremlin.
“I remember you talked with us shortly after February 14th when the New York Times wrote an article that suggested that the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians […] That upset you to the point where you actually went out and surveyed the intelligence community to see whether you were missing something, is that correct?” asked Sen. Risch.
“That’s correct,” replied Comey.
“In addition to that, after that, you sought out both Republican and Democrat senators to tell them, ‘Hey, I don’t know where this is coming from, but this is not factual.’ Do you recall that?” pressed the Senator.
“Yes,” answered Comey.
“So, the American people can understand this, that report by the New York Times was not true? Is that a fair statement?” Risch asked.
“In the main it was not true […] The challenge -and I’m not picking on reporters- about writing stories about 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 don’t talk about it,” the former Director told the lawmaker.
Watch Comey rip the NY Times above.