Declassified memo shows James Comey gave fake talking points to lawmakers

In 2018, the McCourtney Institute for Democracy published a poll which showed just 39% of Republicans trusted the FBI. While the figure might seem low, new evidence suggests that it deserves to be even lower.

In an article published this weekend, the New York Post editorial board cited declassified material showing that the FBI lied about possible collusion between Russia and President Trump.

James Comey brought fake talking points to lawmakers

“The FBI knew the Trump-Russia collusion narrative was utter bunk even as it suggested otherwise to Congress, the courts and the public early in 2017,” the piece stated, adding, “Evidence revealed by special counsel John Durham proves it beyond dispute.”

The editorial board members pointed to a report by writer Paul Sperry which Real Clear Investigations published last week.

It noted that in March of 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey used a seven-page talking points memo to guide his briefing to Capitol Hill lawmakers on alleged ties between Trump and the Kremlin.

Compiled by disgraced FBI attorney Lisa Page, the document was recently made public by Special Counsel John Durham and was found to be “riddled with half-truths, outright falsehoods, and critical omissions.”

What’s more, Page advised Comey “to tell lawmakers that ‘some’ of the reporting ‘has been corroborated'” independently.

Her memo also said he should “point out that the informant’s reporting in this matter is derived primarily from a Russian-based source.”

Yet as Sperry explained, the material was not only unverified but the aforementioned informant wasn’t even in Russia.

New York Post says memo looks “like an attempted coup”

Rather, the FBI already “knew that the main source feeding unsubstantiated rumors to the informant, Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to dig up dirt on Trump, was American-based.”

In their piece, the Post’s editorial board characterized the entire affair as being “a purely political hit job from the start, by top members of the highest law- enforcement agency in the land, against a candidate-and-then-president they opposed.”

“For all the justified anger at Trump over the Jan. 6 riot, this methodical and effective deception plot looks far more like an attempted coup,” they concluded.

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