WOOPS! Comey’s former FBI spokesman accepted gifts from a CNN reporter and then lied about it under oath

It turns out former top FBI spokesman under Comey accepted gifts from a CNN reporter he worked closely with and then lied about it multiple times to the inspector general:

DAILY CALLER – The FBI’s top press officer during the Hillary Clinton and Trump-Russia investigations accepted tickets to a Washington Nationals game from a CNN correspondent and lied about it repeatedly during interviews with the Justice Department’s inspector general, according to a report obtained by the Daily News Foundation.

Michael Kortan, who served as assistant director of public affairs, displayed a “lack of candor” during multiple interviews under oath with the DOJ watchdog about how he obtained the tickets, who we went with, and whether he reimbursed the CNN journalist, according to the report.

“The OIG…concluded that Kortan lacked candor under oath when he provided answers to OIG’s questions relating to the September 2016 tickets that were misleading and false,” reads the report, which the DCNF obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

FBI policy prohibits employees from receiving gifts from “prohibited sources,” including journalists who cover the bureau.

The office of the inspector general (OIG), which is led by Michael Horowitz, discovered Kortan’s contacts with the CNN reporter during a review of his text messages as part of the investigation into the FBI’s activities during the 2016 presidential election.

Kortan worked closely with the CNN reporter, who is not identified, and considered him one of his “top five” press contacts.

Kortan accepted Nationals tickets from the reporter at least twice, for a May 9, 2016 game and another on Sept. 30, 2016. He also accepted tickets from a New York Times reporter in either 2014 or 2016.



They go on to report that Kortan resigned in February of 2018 under ‘mysterious circumstances’ during the IG’s investigation. Now it looks like he was probably forced to resign for lying to the FBI.

I’m sure you’re probably in shock right now that Comey’s former spokesman was also corrupt. I know, the hits keep coming.

Be nice to know who that CNN reporter was who offered Kortan tickets…

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