In a move just like the one CNN was forced to make yesterday, ABC News has issued a correction for its story citing an anonymous source to assert that former FBI Director James Comey intended to dispute allegations that he told President Trump he was not under investigation.
ABC’s article, titled “Comey will stop short of saying Trump obstructed justice in Flynn probe, source says,” still apparently contains its original opening paragraphs, the second of which states:
Although Comey has told associates he will not accuse the President of obstructing justice, he will dispute the President’s contention that Comey told him three times he is not under investigation.
That paragraph is now followed by one that reads:
UPDATE: While Comey did stop short of characterizing Trump’s words as obstruction of justice during his testimony Thursday, he in fact testified that he did tell President Trump on three separate occasions that he was not “personally” the subject of a counter-intelligence investigation.
Comey also acknowledged that there was an internal debate within his leadership team as to whether that would be an accurate statement given the fact that the investigation was looking into possible Russian collusion with Trump’s presidential campaign. Ultimately, Comey said he believed it would be correct to tell the President he was not personally the subject of an investigation.
Indeed, during Comey’s testimony before the Senate House Intelligence the former FBI Director acknowledged that he told President Trump he was not under investigation.
During his testimony, Comey also acknowledged that he was not being clever with his phrasing as many people had speculated yesterday upon the release of Comey’s opening statement.
To the contrary, Comey stated during his testimony, President Trump was not under investigation criminally or otherwise during the former FBI Director’s tenure with Trump in the White House.