DOJ replied to GOP request for info on Comey’s law professor friend

The Justice Department has reportedly replied to a congressional demand for documents related to James Comey’s law professor friend.

Records on Daniel Richman, who released Comey’s memos to the media last year, were requested by Capitol Hill Republicans and the Department of Justice told Fox News on Tuesday that a response had been dispatched.

Though it was not yet clear what the DOJ’s response actually was, the House Oversight Committee told Fox News it received a verbal communication and actual documents are expected to follow on Thursday.

In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein earlier this month, the records on Richman were requested by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.

“The committees are aware James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), shared or instructed staff to share at least some portion of the memos he drafted memorializing his conversations with President Donald J. Trump (the Comey Memos) to an individual named Daniel Richman,” the letter stated.

“To assist the committees in their oversight of this matter, please provide a copy of any nondisclosure agreement(s) signed by Richman with FBI, DOJ or any other entity of the federal government,” the GOP chairmen of the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees wrote.

Comey forwarded to Richman the memos which are now part of an inspector general review over the presence of classified material. The Columbia University professor, it was revealed, worked on an unpaid basis as a “special government employee” for the FBI under then-Director Comey.

According to Fox News:

Sources familiar with Richman’s status at the FBI told Fox News that he was assigned to “special projects” by Comey, and had a security clearance as well as badge access to the building. Richman’s status was the subject of a memorandum of understanding.

While Richman’s portfolio included the use of encrypted communications by terror suspects, the sources said he also was sent talking points about the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

 

In an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier last month, the fired FBI chief said he did not consider sharing his memos about conversations with Trump as a “leak,” explaining that the “memo was unclassified then” and he “didn’t consider it part of an FBI file… It was my personal aide-memoire.”

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