In the front page piece that ran on Feb. 15, the Times said that “phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.”
Five Times reporters contributed to the article, which — if true — would have been pretty damning. And so it became a focal point of last week’s hearing.
The only problem was that the Times article was wrong. And — despite the Times’ effort to downplay and ignore its massive goof — Comey, in no uncertain terms, said it was “not true.”