Obama Admin Stopped Comey From Going Public With Trump/Russia Probe
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 2:03
During a meeting last summer in the situation room at the White House, FBI Director James Comey said he was considering writing an op-ed to explain how Russian Federation was trying to influence the USA presidential election, people with knowledge of the matter told Newsweek.
A second source with knowledge of the request told Newsweek, "The op-ed would not have mentioned whether the FBI was investigating Donald Trump's campaign workers or others close to him for links to the Russians' interference in the election... it would have included much of the same information as the bombshell declassified intelligence report released January 6, which said Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to influence the presidential election".
The op-ed would not have mentioned the FBI's investigation, started in July, into possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia, Newsweek reports.
Those of you paying attention surely recall that in July of past year, what Comey did publicly disclose was the results of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server -around the same time he wanted to publish his op-ed about Russian Federation.
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Comey would not have confirmed the existence of a Justice Department probe into the Trump campaign's ties to the Russian government, which Comey recently testified began last summer. The committee, as well as its counterpart in the Senate, is also investigating. If that was your first thought, you were dead wrong, at least according to a new report in Newsweek.
The FBI director, who came under fire for making disclosures about the investigation into Clinton's emails days before the election, was held back from going public about the Russian Federation investigation by the White House, a source maintained.
But the source with knowledge of Comey's request says that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director wanted the Russian interference made public earlier and that it was a sluggish White House that denied Comey and delayed the announcement. Still, it was that slowness that had many in the Clinton camp feeling bitter against the Obama administration, according to the New Yorker.
This news also begs the question: If Comey was told he wasn't allowed to reveal explosive info about a foreign government helping one of the two major presidential candidates get elected, then why did he think it was acceptable to blow smoke about Clinton's emails so close to voting day? Both sources spoke to Newsweek on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to the press. A spokesman for Barack Obama could not immediately be reached.