Herridge: Comey Now Has Conflict With His Previous Testimony Where He Said He Wouldn't Be Anonymous Source

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FOX News Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge reacts to former FBI director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Herridge said she can not recall a time when a former FBI director deliberately leaked a memo to start an investigation or change the entire focus of an investigation going forward.

"I can't remember a time ever where a former FBI director has deliberately leaked the contents of a government document so it would get to a reporter in the hopes that it would prompt a special counsel investigation," Herridge said Thursday afternoon.

"In his last public testimony here on Capitol Hill before the Senate Judiciary Committee, right out of the gate in that hearing, he took a series of questions from the Republican Chairman, Chuck Grassley, and Chuck Grassley asked him if he had ever been an anonymous source for reporters about the Hillary Clinton email investigation or the Russia case and James Comey testified no. Then he asked him whether he had ever authorized someone else to be an anonymous source on his behalf, on the Clinton email case and the Russian case, and James Comey said no," she reported.

"What you can draw here from that testimony is that once he left the office of FBI director, he was not necessarily a person of principle," Herridge said. "He made a decision to leak information on an anonymous basis in the hope of really changing the entire focus of the Russia investigation going forward."

CATHERINE HERRIDGE, FOX NEWS: I can't remember a time ever where a former FBI director has deliberately leaked the contents of a government document so it would get to a reporter in the hopes that it would prompt a special counsel investigation.

One of the problems for James Comey right now is that in his last public testimony here on Capitol Hill before the Senate Judiciary Committee, right out of the gate in that hearing, he took a series of questions from the Republican Chairman, Chuck Grassley, and Chuck Grassley asked him if he had ever been an anonymous source for reporters about the Hillary Clinton email investigation or the Russia case and James Comey testified no. Then he asked him whether he had ever authorized someone else to be an anonymous source on his behalf, on the Clinton email case and the Russian case, and James Comey said no.

So at the very least, what you can draw here from that testimony is that once he left the office of FBI director, he was not necessarily a person of principle. He made a decision to leak information on an anonymous basis in the hope of really changing the entire focus of the Russia investigation going forward.

So that, based on my reporting here over the last couple of months, specifically on that issue, this sets up at the very least a conflict or the need for a further explanation how he squared these elements here.

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