Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyClash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash Giuliani says Trump is 'doing the right thing' by resisting congressional subpoenas Giuliani strikes back at Comey: 'No one really respects him' MORE is criticizing the House Intelligence Committee's report that found no evidence of collusion between President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

“To say there was no evidence just wasn’t the case,” Comey said of the GOP-authored report in an interview with PBS NewsHour released Monday.


Comey told PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff that the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency and director of national intelligence all read the initial facts of the case “very differently” than the panel.

“We reached a joint high-confidence conclusion that one of the goals ... was to help elect Donald Trump,” Comey said of Russia's actions in the election.  

There is a “clear difference” between the House Intelligence Committee findings and those of the U.S. intelligence community, Comey said.

The report written by Republicans on the panel was issued on Friday.

“While the Committee found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government, the investigation did find poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaigns,” it said.

The report specifically faulted the Trump campaign for meeting with a Russia lawyer promising dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection What the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Steve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push MORE's campaign, and for its “periodic praise for and communications with Wikileaks."