It seems as though every time a major story breaks, which sheds negative light on President Trump, his administration and his campaign, the President as well as a few right-leaning media organizations are quick to try and divert attention from those stories. They do this by attacking others with what really does seem to be ‘fake news.’
Just as news began to brake that Donald Trump Jr. admitted to meeting with a Russian attorney in order to gain access to information that could be damaging to the DNC and Hillary Clinton, Fox News began twisting a story around that TheHill.com had published about James Comey, in order to fit the narrative of President Trump and those on the right.
The original story, published by The Hill, stated that many of the memos that former FBI Director James Comey had written immediately following his meetings with the President, did in fact include classified information. As you know, Comey passed one such memo onto a Columbia University Law School professor and confidant named Daniel Richman. Richman then provided the details of that memo to the New York Times, who published a story, which likely caused Trump to fire Comey.
Fox News took the story by The Hill and made it out to appear as if the memo provided to Richman was one that was in fact classified. Soon after their report, President Trump himself retweeted the story along with an allegation against Comey which read as follows: “James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!”
So in less than a few hour’s time we went from a story by the Hill claiming that some of the memos Comey had written were classified, to the President of the United States tweeting a message outright claiming that James Comey had leaked classified information and broke the law.
Well, guess what! Just moments ago, Daniel Richman, the man Comey passed the memo on to, just blew Fox News and President Trump’s story out of the water.
“No memo was given to me that was marked ‘classified’,” Daniel Richman told CNN. “No memo was passed on to the Times. The substance of the memo passed on to the Times was not marked classified and to my knowledge remains unclassified.”
So once again the President is in the awkward situation of having to back up his claims with evidence, when such evidence likely doesn’t exist, yet his supporters believe his word as if everything he says is fact.