CNN Called Comey’s Dad, But Comey Picked Up The Phone Instead

When reporters find out their source is dropping out of an interview hours before it’s supposed to happen, it’s usually bad news. That’s what happened to CNN reporter MJ Lee on Saturday, but in the best way possible.

When Lee called James Comey’s father, J. Brien Comey, on Saturday morning for an interview, he agreed but couldn’t at that moment, according to CNN. He was expecting “company,” Comey senior told Lee, so she should call back in a few hours.

Lee did as he requested and called back that afternoon. But instead of J. Brien Comey, Lee had James Comey ― the ousted FBI director who’s involved in one of the largest political scandals to date ― on the line instead.

Well, I just spoke to James Comey on the phone. His father, who lives in NJ, told me on the phone this morning he had “company” coming.

— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) June 10, 2017

According to Lee, Comey junior told her, “His company is his son, Jim.”

On Thursday, Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee about President Donald Trump’s alleged attempts to close an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Bars across the county held viewing parties for the testimony. Trump lashed out against Comey on Twitter the following morning. It was a pretty big deal.

Comey told Lee that his father wouldn’t be giving her an interview, according to CNN. Of course, Lee attempted to keep Comey on the line.

“Sir, while I have you on the phone …” Lee told Comey, according to her tweet.

When I called back a few hours later, a man answered. “His company is his son, Jim,” he said. It was Comey. https://t.co/NOAKonYtGa

— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) June 10, 2017

In Lee’s CNN report, she explained that she asked Comey for his reaction to everything that happened this week.

Comey replied: “You can ask that, but I’m not going to talk about that.”

Then, Comey wished CNN luck. 

“Sir, while I have you on the phone…” I started, asking about his testimony. Comey declined to discuss, and was polite, wishing CNN luck. https://t.co/1OMEdwYpuE

— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) June 10, 2017

Read CNN’s full report on the accidental phone call to Comey here.

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