Newsweek: FBI Director James Comey Tried To Reveal Russian Tampering Months Before Election
FBI Director James Comey attempted to go public as early as the summer of 2016 with information on Russia’s campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, but Obama administration officials blocked him from doing so, two sources with knowledge of the matter tell Newsweek.
Well before the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence accused the Russian government of tampering with the U.S. election in an October 7 statement, Comey pitched the idea of writing an op-ed about the Russian campaign during a meeting in the White House Situation Room in June or July.
“He had a draft of it or an outline. He held up a piece of paper in a meeting and said, ‘I want to go forward. What do people think of this?’” says a source with knowledge of the meeting, which included Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson and the national security adviser Susan Rice.
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WNU Editor: If these allegations are true .... that the Obama administration nixed the FBI Director to come forward on Russian election interference .... so much for FBI Director Comey's claims yesterday that .... FBI director Comey: 'We're not on anybody's side, ever' (ABC News). But if the Newsweek article is true, it contradicts what the FBI Director said in December (see bottom of the following report) .... Confusion over James Comey: Two reports shine different lights over the state of the Trump-Russia probes (Salon). This story needs to be cleared up, but the only people who can clear it up are those who were at the meeting .... FBI Director Comey, Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson and the national security adviser Susan Rice. Unfortunately .... none of them are talking .... unless they are the anonymous source .... and I include the FBI Director in that mix.
Update: Not surprised that both Democrats and Republicans are becoming very upset with the FBI Director .... New FBI official at the center of the storm (The Hill).
.... The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee had accused the FBI of withholding critical information from an investigation. Some Democrats had called for FBI Director James Comey to resign. And in one dramatic moment behind closed doors, frustrated lawmakers shouted at Comey in anger.
Update #2: The U.S. Senate are now getting involved .... Senate intelligence leaders pledge bipartisan Trump-Russia inquiry (Reuters)
More News On Reports That The Obama Administration Blocked The FBI Director From Revealing Russian Interference In The Presidential Election Last Year
Comey reportedly tried to expose possible Russia tampering before election -- FOX News
FBI director James Comey 'wanted to reveal Russian meddling months before the election but was talked out of it by the Obama administration' -- Daily Mail
FBI Director Comey sought to reveal Russian election meddling last summer: report -- The Hill
James Comey Reportedly Tried to Reveal Russia's Election Meddling Last Summer -- Vanity Fair
White House Blocked Comey’s Op-Ed on Russia’s Alleged Meddling in Elections -- Sputnik