Alternative facts are something that all of America have become far too familiar with over the past few months of Trump’s presidency.
From top adviser Kellyanne Conway to press secretary Sean Spicer, and even President Trump himself, it is hard for journalists to get to the truth of any situation with some many people misspeaking and spreading lies.
In fact, last week, FBI Director James Comey falsely testified before Congress that former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin “forwarded hundreds and thousands” of emails to her husband’s laptop.
Now, the FBI is trying to correct this mistake as it is inaccurate. Perhaps the first time Comey misspoke is when he made the announcement in late October that an investigation was being launched into Clinton’s emails. A move, which some say, cost her the election.
CNN reports that Comey thought Clinton’s emails had been forwarded to Abedin’s husband, former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner’s computer. However, US officials told CNN last year that most of the thousands of emails reviewed by the FBI got to Weiner’s computer via a backup system for Abedin’s phone.
Comey testified that “hundreds and thousands” of emails had been deliberately sent directly from Abedin to Weiner’s computer. However, according to CNN, the number was a lot fewer than the amount Comey described.
Comey told Congress last week that “somehow, her emails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information by (Clinton’s) assistant, Huma Abedin.”
Sen. Ted Cruz asked how Comey would handle an FBI agent who forwarded “thousands of classified emails to his or her spouse.”
Comey responded, “Well, there would be significant administrative discipline. I’m highly confident they wouldn’t be prosecuted. I’m also highly confident there would be discipline.”
Moreover, Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the former secretary of state, tweeted: “Imagine for a moment if Hillary Clinton had said something this inaccurate when she testified for 11 hours.”
Should Comey be punished for his lie?