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    A former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation moved to address criticism coming from the president of the United States, claiming that he did not leak classified materials while in office.

    James Comey has declared that contrary to the accusations made against him by Donald Trump, he never leaked classified materials during his tenure as FBI director.

    "I never leaked in office," Comey said during an interview with Axios on Monday.

    Comey also added that his definition of a "leak" is the "disclosure of protected information," and urged people to treat leaks and media coverage of Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion with skepticism.

    "Nothing is coming from the people who know what they're talking about," he remarked.

    Earlier in April, US President Donald Trump blasted Comey on Twitter, calling the former FBI boss a "proven leaker & liar," claiming that the latter allegedly leaked classified information and lied to Congress under oath.

    READ MORE: Trump Calls Comey 'Either Very Sick or Very Dumb'

    Trump’s accusations came following the release of excerpts from Comey’s new memoir titled "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" which paints an unflattering image of the Trump administration.


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