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Comey, playing ‘amazingly dirty pool,’ now claims the friend he leaked to is his attorney

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Former FBI Director James Comey either had a major memory lapse during sworn testimony to Congress or he is playing “amazingly dirty pool.”

The fired bureau chief told Senate investigators last July that he asked his friend Daniel Richman to leak a memo to the press about conversations he had with President Trump in the hopes that “it might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

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Following a New York Times report Tuesday that Comey was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller last year about the memos, a request for comment from his friend and Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman turned up an eyebrow-raising response.  In an email to BuzzFeed News, Richman stated “that he is one of Comey’s lawyers and that they would decline to comment.”

“This is amazingly dirty pool,” The Federalist‘s Sean Davis reacted in a tweet Tuesday.

“Comey is making this claim in order to assert attorney-client privilege over his illegal leaks to the professor, whom previously Comey described to Congress only as a friend,” he tweeted.

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The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., reacted to Davis’ tweet with a stinging bit of advice to Comey.

In a report Tuesday, Davis said Richman “told The Federalist via phone on Tuesday afternoon that he was now personally representing Comey.”

Reached by phone on Tuesday, Richman refused to say when his legal representation of Comey began or whether he was personally representing Comey when the former FBI director testified before Congress in June 2017 about his deliberate leaking of the FBI records. The specific timing of the attorney-client relationship is important, because it may shield conversations between Comey and Richman regarding the coordinated leak of FBI records to the media from law enforcement scrutiny. Richman’s legal work on behalf of Comey was not known before today, as Comey testified before Congress in 2017 that Richman was merely a friend.

 

In sworn testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee last year, Comey referred to Richman as “a good friend of mine who’s a professor at Columbia Law School.”

Richman was referred to as an “adviser” to Comey in a CNN interview prior to the 2016 election.

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