Former FBI Director James Comey said Monday that he was booked to appear on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning but that they cancelled on him after the Inspector General’s report came out.
Comey first said that he was booked on Fox’s flagship morning show during an interview with Nicole Wallace on MSNBC. He said “I offered to go on ‘Fox & Friends’, which I gather is a very important program for supporters of the president and they agreed last night to book me at 8:00 tomorrow.”
He added, “I figured I can’t change the minds of Fox viewers about President Trump but I can change their minds, I hope, about the FBI by giving them actual facts. Then after the report came out, they cancelled my appearance. They must have read the report.”
Here’s the clip, Comey’s comments come at the 2:30 mark:
In a tweet on Monday, Comey also said that the Fox show cancelled on him. He said that he “hoped to give them actual facts about the FBI.”
FYI: I offered to go on Fox & Friends to answer all questions. I can’t change their viewers on Donald Trump but hoped to give them some actual facts about the FBI. They booked me for tomorrow at 8 am. They just cancelled. Must have read the report.— James Comey (@Comey) December 9, 2019
Fox News told reporter Jeremy Barr of The Hollywood Reporter that Comey was never booked on the show.
Comey has been a regular villain for Fox News anchors, especially late night host Sean Hannity, who has aired some flimsy claims on his show, specifically that Comey leaked classified information. Part of that attention is undoubtedly due to Comey’s decision to remain in the conversation and even write a book about his tenure in the FBI and dealings with Donald Trump.
But the Inspector General report released on Monday found that the FBI’s probe of certain figures within the Trump campaign was justified. The report also noted that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was under investigation for money laundering before he even joined Trump’s campaign — Trump has insisted that his campaign was the subject of a politically motivated espionage campaign.