ABC News corrects report on Comey-Trump investigation

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ABC News has corrected a Tuesday report stating former FBI Director James Comey would refute a claim made by President Trump that he was told on multiple occasions that he was not under investigation.

The story was updated Thursday afternoon. 

“UPDATE: While Comey did stop short of characterizing Trump’s words as obstruction of justice during his testimony Thursday, he in fact testified that he did tell President Trump on three separate occasions that he was not “personally” the subject of a counter-intelligence investigation,” reads the update in the third paragraph. 

“Comey also acknowledged that there was an internal debate within his leadership team as to whether that would be an accurate statement given the fact that the investigation was looking into possible Russian collusion with Trump’s presidential campaign,” it continues. 

“Ultimately, Comey said he believed it would be correct to tell the President he was not personally the subject of an investigation.”

Wednesday’s release of Comey’s opening statement before the Senate Intelligence Committee contradicted the ABC report, which was based on unidentified sources.

“Comey has told associates he will not corroborate Trump’s claim that on three separate occasions Comey told the president he was not under investigation as part of the probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, a source familiar the former director’s thinking told ABC News,” reads the Tuesday report by Justin Fishel and Jonathan Karl.

{mosads}Trump fired Comey in May via a letter that included his claim that Comey told him multiple times he was not under investigation.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau,” Trump wrote on May 9.

The president reiterated the claim in an interview later that week with NBC’s Lester Holt.

CNN on Wednesday corrected a similar report that Comey would refute Trump’s claim.

Comey will appear before the Senate panel on Thursday in a highly anticipated testimony that will be broadcast live by every major broadcast outlet and streaming service.

Updated 5:08 p.m. 

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