Published: Thu, March 30, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey: 'We're not on anybody's side, ever.'


"He had a draft of it or an outline".

"I know that when I make a hard decision, a storm is going to follow", he said at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Leadership dinner in Washington, D.C., per CNN.

The chaos in House Intelligence Committee will only be made worse, thanks to a story from Newsweek which reports that Comey was prepared to write an op-ed for The New York Times in June or July that would have revealed the extent to which Russian Federation was trying to interfere in the election, according to anonymous sources.

"People sometimes look at me and say, 'Look at what you did, look at what you did, '" Comey said. "An op-ed doesn't have the same stature". According to Newsweek, which was acquired by IBTimes in 2013, Comey's op-ed did not get the support of other national security leaders or White House officials. A DOJ spokesman and an Obama spokesman also reportedly declined to comment. "I have never been prouder of the F.B.I.", he asserted.

Comey wanted to publish the op-ed in The New York Times, but United States officials did not support him, saying that such a revelation must be backed by multiple intelligence agencies, not just one person, according to Newsweek. We're not considering whose ox'll be gored by this action or that action... "But honestly, I don't care".

Comey spoke of the "hyper-partisan environment" in America right now and made mention of his recent testimony to members of Congress, saying that "they see facts as to how it will affect 'my side'".

In addition, Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on March 20 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating Russian interference since July and whether any possible ties between Moscow and Trump associates.

"Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency", the report said.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied Washington's claims of its alleged meddling in the election. "That raises the question of why Comey or [the Department of Justice] or the White House felt that it was O.K.to hold that [July] press conference on Hillary Clinton's emails but not to go public with this".

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