Former FBI Director James Comey might have put himself in big legal trouble with his own testimony.
As he was doing his best to damage President Donald Trump on Thursday, Comey admitted to the Senate Intel Committee that he gave information to a friend of his, Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman, to leak to the press.
Comey admitted that he did so in order to prompt a special counsel to be named.
James Comey leaked a government document because he wanted to get a special counsel appointed. Unbelievable #ComeyHearings #ComeyDay pic.twitter.com/lEt8XZv0EM
— Based Monitored ?? (@BasedMonitored) June 8, 2017
“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter,” he told the Senate Intelligence Committee. “I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge explained why this could mean trouble for the former FBI Director.
“I can’t remember a time ever where a former FBI director has deliberately leaked the contents of a government document so it would get to a reporter in the hopes that it would prompt a special counsel investigation.”
Herridge said one of Comey’s problems “is that in his last public testimony here on Capitol Hill before the Senate Judiciary Committee, right out of the gate in that hearing, he took a series of questions from the Republican chairman, Chuck Grassley and Chuck Grassley asked him whether he had ever been an anonymous source for reporters about the Hillary Clinton email investigation or the Russia case and James Comey testified ‘no.’
“Then he asked him whether he had ever authorized someone else to be an anonymous source on his behalf, on the Clinton email case, and the Russia case, and James Comey said ‘no.'”
?BING BING BING !!! ??#JamesComey in DEEP Trouble for LEAKING & LYING Under Oath !!
ALL Credibility LOST !!! #ComeyDay #ComeyHearings pic.twitter.com/KzZ7qCx8VG
— ?STOCK MONSTER? (@StockMonsterUSA) June 8, 2017
President Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, said, in a statement to reporters following Comey’s testimony, that the matter will be left to the “appropriate authorities” to investigate.
“Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he leaked to friends his purported memos of these privileged conversations, one of which he testified was classified. He also testified that immediately after he was terminated he authorized his friends to leak the contents of these memos to the press in order to ‘prompt the appointment of a special counsel,'” he said. “Although Mr. Comey testified he only leaked the memos in response to a tweet, the public record reveals that the New York Times was quoting from these memos the day before the referenced tweet, which belies Mr. Comey’s excuse for this unauthorized disclosure of privileged information and appears to entirely retaliatory. We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated.”
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Twitter lit up with the revelation:
#Comey admits leaking to press. No wonder why the FBI couldn't find leakers while he was Director. #ComeyDay #ComeyHearings
— Jason Billings (@SingleDallasGuy) June 8, 2017
#Comey leaked his official memo
Regarding a private conversation
w/ @realDonaldTrump to @nytimes
There is no way that is OK
— Jim Hanson 🇺🇸 (@JimHansonDC) June 8, 2017
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