Rep. Nancy Pelosi lashed out at President Donald Trump on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning over his accusation that former President Barack Obama ordered wiretapping against him, but falsely asserted that FBI Director James Comey has given a public statement about the controversy.
Fill-in anchor Anthony Mason asked the San Francisco Democrat, “Do you think FBI Director James Comey should speak out publicly about this?”
Pelosi replied, “He did. He has spoken out. He said that they should retract that statement, as I understand what I’ve seen in the press. He has — he’s very courageous — to protect the integrity of the FBI, he has spoken out against it. And what’s — I don’t know — the Justice Department seems to be missing in action in… other aspects of the Justice Department.”
Comey actually hasn’t made any public statement about the matter. On Sunday, ABC News reported that the FBI director “asked the Justice Department to publicly refute President Trump’s assertion that his predecessor, President Obama, ordered a wiretap of Trump’s phones prior to the November 2016 election.”
CNN then reported on Monday that Comey, according to an anonymous source, was “incredulous” after President Donald Trump’s allegation.” The same unnamed source claimed that “Comey was concerned that the allegation would make the FBI look bad, and that concern was part of what prompted the FBI director to have his staff reach out to staff at the Justice Department asking them to knock down the allegation.”
However, Mason, along with anchor Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, let Pelosi’s inaccurate statement pass without correction.
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