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Why Comey’s Dismissal of a February New York Times Report Is Significant

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI director James Comey revealed that a February New York Times article, which asserted that Trump associates and campaign members had “repeated contacts with Russian intelligence” was mostly false.

Responding to Virginia senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the committee, Comey testified that “in the main,” [the report] “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 know what’s going on are not talking about it, and we don’t call the press to say, “Hey, you got that thing wrong about this sensitive topic.”

The Times published the article just one day after Michael Flynn resigned as Trump’s national-security adviser after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his interactions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Until today, the February report had not been substantially contested or refuted, and its claims had been widely propagated throughout the media.

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Additional reading:

James Comey hits media: Sources ‘often don’t really know what’s going on’ – Washington Examiner

CNN’s War On Trump Is Going Swimmingly – The Federalist

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