Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, blamed former FBI director James Comey — without evidence — for failing to stop the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing in a Fox News segment on Monday, the day after the fifth anniversary of the attack.
“This is the same Jim Comey who I think was in charge of the Boston bombing at the time where we had a terrorist attack in Boston,” Lewandowski said, attacking Comey for likening the current president to a “mob boss” in a TV interview the night before. “This is a man who failed time and time and time again when he was the head of the FBI to protect American citizens.”
However, Lewandowski didn’t quite have his facts straight: Comey was actually a private citizen at the time of the April 2013 Marathon bombings. In fact, Comey wasn’t even nominated to the FBI director position until the summer, and wasn’t sworn in until September.
“Basic research would show that Jim Comey was not FBI Director at the time of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Robert Mueller was,” wrote Kristen Setera, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Boston office, in an e-mail to the Globe on Wednesday. “At the time of the bombings, Rick Deslauriers was the Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Division.”
When Andrea Mitchell pointed this out to Lewandowski in a separate interview on MSNBC on Tuesday, Lewandowski appeared to walk back his Marathon claim — before saying that Comey served as the head of the Boston office of the FBI at the same time special counsel Robert Mueller served as the US attorney in Massachusetts.
However, no records could immediately be found of Comey ever serving in Boston’s FBI office at all — something confirmed, once again, by the FBI.
“Jim Comey was never head of the Boston FBI office,” Setera told the Globe.
And although Mueller served as acting US attorney in Boston for more than a year (and worked in the office for six in the 1980s), he never officially held the title.
On MSNBC Tuesday, Lewandowski then went onto make another claim without evidence: “Jim Comey was responsible, I believe, and we can go back and check, for the Whitey Bulger fiasco that took place in Boston.”
However, once again, there were no records immediately available that could prove Lewandowski’s statement.