James Comey casually admitted he leaked his own memo, which contained private notes on his personal conversations with President Donald Trump, to the press through a “good friend”, as he stated earlier today during his testimony to the Senate Intelligence committee.
Comey admitted that leak after Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) asked him why he kept those memos, and then asked if he ever shared any of them outside the Department of Justice.
The former FBI Director stated that Trump’s tweets, of all things, woke him up in the middle of the night and at that point he decided to leak his memo to the press through a third-party.
“The president tweeted on Friday, after I got fired, that I better hope there’s not tapes. I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday, because it didn’t dawn on my originally that there might be corroboration for our conversation, there might be a tape and my judgment was I needed to get that out to the public square. So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. 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. And so I asked a close friend of mine to do it.”
When asked who this “friend” was that Comey leaked his own memo to, he responded, “A good friend of mine who’s a professor at Columbia Law School.”
James Comey actually sounded proud of himself for leaking this memo, but what he basically admitted to was playing a political game in order to advance his own agenda against President Trump. He admits when Trump tweeted that there might be “tapes” of their conversation, Comey thought he would preempt the possibility of those tapes being made public by “leaking” his own memo. Also, Comey states he leaked this memo to prompt the appointment of a special counsel, which shows he had a specific intent behind this action that could end up having an extremely negative impact on the Trump administration.
The real question in this case is, if Comey had such easy access to leaking confidential documents and seemingly had no problem with the process of leaking to the press in attempts to damage the president, what other leaks could have been a result of Comey’s actions prior to his firing?
There can be no question that Trump firing Comey was a smart decision. Despite Trump giving Comey a chance to perform his duties, he failed to investigate the massive amount of leaks flowing from government agencies under Trump (perhaps because Comey himself was involved to a certain degree) and was clearly biased towards the Trump administration.
Donald Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz responded to Comey’s statements and called him out for leaking “unauthorized disclosures” of private conversations with the president.
While President Trump stayed unusually silent on James Comey, his lawyer stressed Thursday that Comey’s testimony proved that Trump did not collude with Russia during last year’s election nor try to obstruct justice in the FBI investigation — and went on to accuse the former FBI director of directing unauthorized news leaks designed to damage the president.
Comey’s testimony, attorney Marc Kasowitz said, “makes clear that the president never sought to impede the investigation into attempted Russian interference in the 2016 election.”
“And in fact, according to Mr. Comey, the president told Mr. Comey ‘it would be good to find out” in that investigation if there were “some ‘satellite’ associates of his who did something wrong.'”
In attacking Comey’s testimony — as Trump surrogates did throughout the day — Kasowitz said the ex-director “admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the president.”
Trump’s lawyer was referring to the memos Comey kept on conversations he had with the president.
In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey said he moved to make aspects of his contemporaneous memos public by enlisting a friend to share contents of his own notes with a reporter, after the president suggested in a tweet there might be secret recordings of his conversations with Comey.
As Comey’s testimony fell short of the media’s expectations, and hopes, of some sort of “smoking gun” that they could use to remove Trump from office, I expect they will continue their anonymously sourced “special reports” claiming Russian collusion, despite there still being no evidence.
Comey, who appears to enjoy the national spotlight, will slowly fade from relevance as he offers nothing to advance the media and Democrat’s war against the democratically elected President of the United States, Donald Trump.