James Comey’s congressional testimony may have refuted various claims by the White House and President Donald Trump. But it also called into question stories by several news organizations.
CNN and ABC updated earlier stories whose facts were challenged by Comey, while The New York Times is standing by a story that Comey said was mostly false.
CNN and ABC had previously reported that Comey would refute President Donald Trump’s claim that Comey had told him on three separate occasions that he personally was not under investigation as part of the department’s ongoing investigation into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian agents. In Comey’s testimony, he confirmed that he did, in fact, tell Trump that he was not under investigation. Both news organizations issued updates to their stories after Comey’s testimony was released.
During his testimony, Comey also sought to debunk a Times article from February about alleged contacts between Trump intimates and senior Russian intelligence officials, saying that it was not “in the main” true. The Times, though, said it has found no reason to retract the story, though it pledged to review any “new information” that Comey could provide.
“The New York Times has published an examination of Mr. Comey’s statements today, which reviews our previous coverage, and found no evidence that any prior reporting was inaccurate,” the Times said in a statement. “In fact, subsequent reporting by the Times and other media outlets have verified our reporting, as the story makes clear.”
Meanwhile, Comey’s testimony also confirmed many major source-based news scoops, including a Times report about Comey’s private meetings with Trump, which, the former FBI director revealed, were divulged by Comey himself via an intermediary.
Comey’s testimony also confirmed reporting by various outlets about former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the circumstances that led to his firing, along with a Times report that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch tried to persuade Comey to call the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email use as a “matter” instead of an “investigation.”
By Hadas Gold