Comey sought to reveal Russian election meddling last summer

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31 March, 2017

In October 2016, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence first accused the Russian government of meddling in the us election.

The U.S. House and Senate have launched individual intelligence committees to explore possible ties between Russian officials and members of President Trump's campaign team.

A second source told Newsweek that the op-ed would have included some of the same information as an intelligence report made public on January 6 alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an extensive campaign to interfere in and influence the US election in President Trump's favor. However, Obama administration officials wanted a more concerted and coordinated front involving multiple agencies in their announcement.

Obama officials told the New Yorker that the White House opted for a less forceful response, fearing the administration would appear partisan.

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Comey reportedly had a draft of an op-ed that he wanted to share with the public concerning the Russian interference and shared that information during a meeting with then-Secretary of State John Kerry, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a few others.

While there's no point in handwringing over what could have happened had Comey published the op-ed, it's worth it to consider the timeline and how this information could have possibly influenced things.

Months before the election, FBI Director James Comey tried to reveal that Russian Federation was interfering in America's electoral process in order to help Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton. He had no trouble doing that when it came to Hillary Clinton.

For supporters of Hillary Clinton, news of the op-ed adds to the frustration over Comey's public disclosure of details about the investigation into her emails, including at a July press conference, but not about the probe involving Russian Federation and Trump, which began that same month. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National intelligence went on to accuse the Russian government of meddling in the United States election on 7 October. "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". "An op-ed doesn't have the same stature".


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