'Fox & Friends' corrects its coverage of The Hill's Comey report: 'We were mistaken'

"Fox & Friends" on Tuesday corrected its coverage of a report from The Hill regarding FBI Director James Comey, with co-host Steve Doocy telling viewers "we were mistaken."

"Yesterday on this program, we aired and tweeted a story saying former FBI Director James Comey leaked memos containing top secret information," Doocy said near the top of the program. "We were mistaken in that."

"According to a report, half of the memos contain information classified at the secret or confidential level, not top secret. Documents in which Mr. Comey leaked are at this point unclear," Doocy continued. "Just wanted to straighten that out."

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"Fox & Friends" had been accused of incorrectly characterizing some aspects of a Sunday report from The Hill regarding Comey's memos on his meetings with President Trump.

The correction by the morning program comes after Trump retweeted a "Fox & Friends" report early Monday that Comey “leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION.” 

Trump's retweet came shortly after the segment aired on "Fox & Friends," a program the president has publicly praised in the past.

Comey admitted in testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee in June that he shared information via written memos about his meetings with the president through a friend at Columbia University, who then provided them to The New York Times.

The Hill's report, based on interviews with “officials familiar with the documents,” stated that "more than half" of the Comey memos contained classified information.

But the same report does not claim that Comey leaked classified information when he leaked his memos through a friend to the Times, however.

The Hill report also noted the information “contained information classified at the secret or confidential level."

The network has also issued a correction to the original "Fox & Friends" tweet on Monday, which said the information was "top secret."

Trump regularly retweets segments and reports from "Fox & Friends," a program on which he was a weekly guest on before announcing his candidacy.

Trump has retweeted "Fox & Friends" five times in the past day alone.