Fired FBI Director James Comey and his wife Patrice Failor were seen entering The New York Times office on Thursday. There were photos that caught the couple entering the building at Eight Avenue which houses the publication, and another by what appears to be the reception area.
Comey tried to be inconspicuous with their “quiet visit” to The New York Times office as he also kept his sunglasses on and his gaze forward. With the ousted FBI chief’s towering figure, however, that’s nearly impossible to accomplish.
What is not clear is what Comey intended to accomplish with his fresh visit to the newspaper, one of his few public appearances since he admitted leaking stories to the newspaper about his private conversations with President Donald Trump before his testimony with the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8.
Comey wore a crisp navy suit and tie on one of the warmest days of the year. In one photo, he was seen having taken off the suit and holding it on one arm as they talk to the receptionist.
The Daily Mail Report says Comey spent almost three hours inside the building before emerging to hail a cab outside. Comey was also caught speaking to someone on the phone by the building lobby after his meeting.There were also photos of the couple exiting the building with the unmistakable, bold sign The New York Times above. They were also photographed holding hands outside, with Mrs. Comey even giving out a hint of a smile.
Question on many people’s minds now is- what is Comey’s business with The New York Times now with that new visit? Is he applying for a job? Or is he leaking more information as he has been dubbed the “leaker-in-chief”? Or changing his earlier claims and stories with Trump’s latest revelation that there were no tapes of their private conversations at all.
Comey previously admitted to being the source of the leak of his private conversations as former FBI Chief with the President, where he claimed Trump tried to pressure him to drop the probe on former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s alleged links with Russia.
The New York Times through a spokeswoman denied that Comey had a meeting with the publication’s newsroom. The New York Times Company occupies 27 of the building’s 52 floors. It would be highly coincidental- if it were true- that Comey and wife were visiting offices other than the publication’s.
Trump first floated the idea that tapes of his conversations with Comey may exist. On Thursday, the President admitted that he did not make any recording himself but hints that someone else may have. Trump said in his tweet on Thursday: “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are “tapes” or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.” Trump also previously referred to Comey’s leaks as very “cowardly.”