White House Blocked Comey's Op-Ed on Russia's Alleged Meddling in Elections

According to the report, Comey went to a situation room meeting in June or July and announced that he hoped to write an op-ed, presumably in a major newspaper, detailing Russian meddling in the elections.

The meeting reportedly included then-Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the director of DHS and the national security adviser.

The other national security officials didn't like the idea, and White House officials thought the announcement should be a coordinated message backed by multiple agencies, the source says.

Nunes delivered the letter to the top Democrat on the investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff, but Schiff refused to sign the invite, saying he wanted to hold the public hearing they agreed on, according to sources familiar with the matter. "An op-ed doesn't have the same stature".

A Justice Department spokesman also declined to comment.

"I've never been prouder of the Federal Bureau of Investigation", he said.

"The challenge of people coming from places where we don't have those relationships is, as good as our systems might be, we're not going to have any dots to connect", Comey said.

"We are not considering whose...functions will be helped by this or that".

Comey appeared to revel in his reputation as a truth-teller and an outsider in a city that cares little for either. "Honestly, I don't care". "We confuse people. And the reason we confuse people is most people see the world differently than we do-especially in a hyper-partisan environment", he added.

The revelation that Comey tried to inform the American public of Russia's election meddling efforts doesn't explain why the F.B.I. director wrote his letter about Clinton to Congress-an action that some have argued was in violation of the Hatch Act-but it does add a new twist to the mind-numbing Russian Federation saga.

Asked about the House and Senate intelligence committees tasked with oversight of the FBI, Comey said it was important the FBI communicate with them as best it could and said that despite partisan flareups, the process worked "very well".

A second source said the op-ed, which Comey would have likely tried to publish in The New York Times, would not have revealed whether the FBI was investigating Donald Trump's campaign staff or his acquaintances.

  • Salvatore Jensen