CNN Corrects Story Claiming Comey Testimony Would Contradict Trump on Key Issue

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June 8, 2017

CNN issued a correction Wednesday to a story saying that former FBI Director James Comey would contradict President Donald Trump's claim that Comey told him he was not under investigation.

Trump claimed in a May letter that on "three separate occasions," Comey told him that he was not the target of the FBI investigation into possible links between the Russian government and members of his presidential campaign.

CNN reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources, that Comey would contradict the president during his testimony Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. CNN's Gloria Borger reported on air that Comey "will say he never assured Donald Trump that he was not under investigation, that that would have been improper for him to do so."

But the same night at 11 p.m., CNN issued a clarification to its initial piece.

"This article has been revised to clarify that the conversations between Comey and Trump were nuanced," it read.

The following day, Comey released his planned opening remarks, which revealed that he really did tell Trump he was not under investigation three times.

"I discussed with the FBI's leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally," Comey said of the first instance. "During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President-elect Trump's reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance."

The CNN piece has since been corrected a second time, with a large above-the-body update.

"CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement," it read. "The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published."