NBC host confronts ex-Trump aide: ‘That’s not intellectually honest’

NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on Friday confronted Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former 2016 campaign manager, over his claims about former FBI Director James Comey’s public testimony.

“What’s happening here is that you and presumably the president are saying, ‘Comey’s telling the truth when it’s good for the president,’ ” she said on NBC’s “Today." " 'And when it’s bad for the president, Comey’s not telling the truth.' That’s not intellectually honest.”

Guthrie was responding to Lewandowski’s statement that he did “not like any” of Comey’s testimony Thursday.

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Lewandowski retorted that Comey cleared up whether Trump was under FBI scrutiny during the bureau’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 race.

“There’s a clear dichotomy here,” he said. “Either you are or you are not under investigation. It’s very clear. You can’t be kind of under investigation. And what Director Comey said was, ‘The president has never been under FBI investigation.' " 

Mark Kasowitz, Trump’s private lawyer, on Thursday said Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee “finally confirmed” the president was not under scrutiny in the FBI’s Russia probe.

“The president feels completely and totally vindicated,” he said during a press conference. “He is eager to move forward with his agenda.”

Comey in Thursday’s testimony confirmed Trump’s claim that, when asked by the president, he assured him personally that he was not under investigation.

“I did not tell the president that the FBI and the Department of Justice had been reluctant to make public statements that we did not have an open investigation on President Trump for a number of reasons, most importantly because it would create a duty to correct, should that change,” he said in his statement.