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Letter: Story falsely summarized FBI directors wiretap stance
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From the Times Tuesday, March 21, Page 3A: “Director Comey also says Trump wiretap claims false.” I listened to much of Director Comey’s comments. At no time did he claim the wiretap complaints by then president-elect Trump were false. Mr. Comey said that he had no knowledge of any wiretaps by the FBI. Big difference.

Further, the House Intelligence Chairman, Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has evidence the “intelligence community incidentally collected communications” from the Trump transition team during “legal” surveillance operations. A four-part follow-up has been requested from the FBI and NSA. Are wiretapping and listening to your phone conversations different? I don’t think so.

Unfortunately, Associated Press news writers Eric Tucker and Eileen Sullivan did not furnish the whole story, withholding the portion of the hearing in which Rep. Nunes made clear that surveillance was done in a different manner than actual wiretapping. It is this type of reporting that we have come to expect from the AP.  Unfortunately The Times is a regular user of the AP.

Bruce W. Hallowell

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