Obama Admin Stopped Comey From Going Public With Trump/Russia Probe

FBI Director James Comey sought to publish an op-ed as early as last summer about Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, but was barred from doing so by the Obama White House, Newsweek reported Wednesday. If that was your first thought, you were dead wrong, at least according to a new report in Newsweek.

Then, Tuesday, Nunes said that he had invited Comey again to come testify before the House intelligence committee.

According to an identified source talking to the Newsweek, Comey had a draft of his op-ed that he presented to officials at a White House meeting in June or July of previous year.

"He had a draft of it or an outline", one source told Newsweek. "They did their usual - nothing".

The source said officials believed the announcement should be presented as a coordinated front by multiple agencies.

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, a second source with knowledge of the request tells Newsweek. Months later, in October, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence formally released a joint statement officially naming Russian Federation as the country behind the election hacks.

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking at possible links and coordination between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russians.

"We are the same today as we were yesterday, we'll be the same tomorrow", Comey said about how the bureau operated, declining to comment on any specific cases or ongoing probes.

"An op-ed doesn't have the same stature, it comes from one person", the source said.

During a question-and-answer session, Comey said he regretted that the FBI confused people with decisions like announcing the reopening of an investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's email practices as secretary of state, but attributed their confusion to partisan blinders.

News of the suspected Russian interference wasn't made public until October 7, when the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced their belief that the Kremlin had meddled in the election.

  • Arturo Norris