‘Like feeding seagulls at the beach’: Ex-FBI chief calls media flying rats in testimony
Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, a month after he was fired by Trump, Comey said he handed his memos to a friend – identified by CNN as Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman – because the media were camped in his driveway.
“I was actually going out of town with my wife to hide, and I was worried it would be like feeding seagulls at the beach,” Comey said, drawing chuckles from the gallery.
The “ground-nesting carnivores, which take live food or scavenge opportunistically,” as Wikipedia puts it, have long been the bane of beach-goers. Some of the reporters, however, seemed to embrace the term, while Comey’s moment of levity prompted many a joke on social media.
Later in the hearing, Comey noted that many stories in the media – including that about Russia – were “just dead wrong.” He agreed with Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) that a February 14 New York Times article about alleged ties between Trump aides and Russia was “almost entirely wrong.”