According to a new report, FBI Director James Comey was set to write an op-ed last summer about suspected Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

Obama administration officials, however, blocked him from writing the piece, Newsweek reported, citing two unnamed sources.

The officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, reportedly preferred the message be communicated via a coordinated statement from multiple agencies. 

Meantime, Comey appeared last night at a public event near D.C., saying he's "never been prouder of the FBI" and that the bureau is "not on anyone's side, ever."

The director revealed last week in public testimony to the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI is conducting a counterintelligence investigation into possible "coordination" between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. 

The "Outnumbered" hosts reacted today to the new reports, with Meghan McCain reiterating her long-held lack of confidence in Comey. 

Mercedes Schlapp agreed with McCain that an op-ed from Comey would have made no sense during the campaign. Eric Bolling and McCain both said Comey seems to "love" seeing his name in the headlines. 

"I would have lost my mind, as would have Eric, on television had he done that," said McCain, questioning why Comey is appearing in public while these investigations are going on.

Bolling said he "hates" seeing the many public statements by leaders of the FBI, NSA, CIA and other intelligence agencies 

"What happened to the days of the spy agencies being really secretive and no one knows what they're up to and who they're investigating?" he asked.

Sandra Smith pushed back that Comey is "highly respected," and that many of the show's guests have agreed on that point. 

Watch the discussion above and let us know your thoughts. 

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