On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey gave some explosive testimony about conversations he had with President Donald Trump. It was something the president and the conservative media called “a leak.”
To “Fox and Friends,” one of Trump’s favorite TV programs, this could only mean one thing: Comey’s behind all the leaks.
On Friday morning, co-host Steve Doocy cited “one of the online blogs” to suggest that Comey may have been the source of more than just one classified info leak.
What’s interesting, on May 3, Mr. Comey was up on Capitol Hill, he told Chuck Grassley — Charles Grassley, the senator from Iowa, ‘Oh, I’ve never leaked anything secret in my life. But, what’s curious is . . . one of the online blogs went back and looked at the deep-state leaks that have come that have damaged the Trump administration. Out of the 39 deep-state leaks, I think it was about 10 of them related to Jim Comey, so you’ve got to wonder whether or not Jim Comey was actually the source of it. We don’t know for sure, only Jim Comey and the reporter knows for sure. But after he revealed yesterday in public, you got to wonder, why would he reveal that suddenly yesterday? Is it the fact that it’s about to be unveiled?
“I don’t believe anybody in this scenario is doing anything coincidental,” co-host Harris Faulkner added. “Maybe that information that we have learned about those conversations inside the Oval Office might have been coming directly from him.”
To be clear, what Comey actually said in his testimony with Grassley was that he had never been “an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation,” and that he had never “authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports.”
The “online blog” that Doocy cited appears to be The Gateway Pundit, Media Matters noted, a notoriously incorrect right-wing pro-Trump blog. The blog was recently given White House credentials, and is a favorite source of info for Fox News reporters.
On Friday, President Donald Trump called Comey’s decision to share the details of his (not secret) private conversations with President Donald Trump a “leak.”
“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of a memo with the reporter,” Comey said during testimony Thursday. “I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”
Doocy’s accusations may seem a little outlandish to some, but there’s at least one person on board with his claims.
Great reporting by @foxandfriends and so many others. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2017
The president was back on his favorite app after being radio silent all of yesterday, and chimed in, coincidentally, at around the same time the segment wrapped up.