James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
President Donald Trump’s Monday tweet accusing former FBI director James Comey of illegally leaking classified information to the press was based, like many of his early-morning missives, on a Fox & Friends segment.
The Fox News morning show, to which Trump regularly tunes in, had covered a piece from The Hill reporting that some of Comey’s memos, taken following his conversations with the president, were classified.
Fox & Friends featured a segment on the Hill report, a video of which they tweeted out — with the caption “Report accuses material James Comey leaked to a friend contained top secret information” — that the president himself retweeted.
But of course, the Hill report did not accuse Comey of leaking “top secret information” to his friend. As Philip Bump notes in The Washington Post, it was only revealed that some of Comey memos included classified information. The Hill report further noted that the information “contained information classified at the ‘secret’ or ‘confidential’ level” — not “top secret” as the Fox & Friends tweet alleged.
What’s more, Columbia Law School Professor Daniel Richman, Comey’s friend who received the memo and disseminated it to the press, said the document he received was not to his knowledge classified.
Despite media criticism geared at Fox & Friends for misconstruing the Hill’s report — leading to a factually inaccurate tweet being sent out by the president — no retraction has been issued and the erroneous Fox & Friends tweet accusing Comey of committing a serious crime remains up.
When reached for comment, an FNC spokesperson told Mediaite that Fox & Friends would address the story on tomorrow morning’s episode.
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