Obama administration officials blocked FBI Director James Comey from going public last summer with details about Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election, according to a report Wednesday.
Comey was considering writing an op-ed about it, an unnamed source told Newsweek.
"He had a draft of it or an outline. He held up a piece of paper in a meeting and said, 'I want to go forward, what do people think of this?'" said the source who reportedly had knowledge of Comey's meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
The source said national security officials shot down the idea and added that White House officials preferred a coordinated message by multiple agencies.
That message came out in an Oct. 7 statement by the Homeland Security Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The op-ed would have included much of the same information revealed in the Jan. 6 report from the intelligence community accusing Russia of working to rig the election in favor of Donald Trump, but would have left out that the FBI was investigating the Trump camp's links to Russia, another source said.
Comey elicited the ire of Democrats in late October when he reopened the investigation into Hillary Clinton emails, just days before the Nov. 8 election. The case was again closed on Nov. 6, but critics lamented that there was irreparable damage done to the Democratic candidate's image and swayed some people who cast early votes.