During his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday June 8th 2017 former FBI Director James Comey admitted that he had indeed leaked memos to the press in hopes that it would prompt the appointment of a special prosecutor in the FBI’s probe of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. The fired FBI director said he had kept written memos of his meetings with President Trump.
While testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Comey admitted the he ad given his memos to his “good friend” Columbia law professor Daniel C. Richman to leak to the press after Trump had made tweets suggesting that he had recorded his conversations with the former FBI director. Before you say that it is illegal for the president to secretly record any meeting in the White House, you might want to look at the law. According to the controlling law of the District of Columbia, that D.C. law allows “one party consents” taping. So that means that the taping was legal as long as one participant in the conversation is aware that a recording is being made.
Comey told Senator Susan Collins of Maine under oath:
“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 night cause it didn’t dawn on me originally that there might be corroboration for our conversation, and my judgment was I needed to get that out into the public square and so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter, 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.”
After the former FBI director admitted that he was leaking his own memos to main stream media, the world of Twitter was in an uproar at the revelation and leaving some to wonder if Comey himself had committed criminal offense and others to contemplate if he’d leaked any classified and confidential informational.
One of the best exchanges of the testimony happened when Florida Senator Macro Rubio asked James Comey about the leaks from the General Flynn investigation and asked why the only thing that was not being leaked was that President Trump was not under investigation when people in Congress and Senate already knew that he wasn’t. To see the video of that question click here.
In later testimony to Senator Roy Blunt , James Comey stated the he believed that it was OK for him to have his personal memos leaked to main stream media as they was part of hid personal recollection of what had happened in the meeting with President Trump as a private citizen. To see a transcript copy of the exchange between Blunt and Comey from Politico click here.
After the testimony of the former FBI Director James Comey, President Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz issued a response saying that the former director a shared “unauthorized disclosures” with the press a day before Donald Trump’s tweet in turn directly contradicting James Comey’s remarks during the testimony in which he stated that he leaked the memo after the tweets from the president. Kasowitz’s statement comes from the Los Angeles Times:
“The President also never told Mr. Comey, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty” in form or substance. Of course, the Office of the President is entitled to expect loyalty from those who are serving in an administration, and, from before this President took office to this day, it is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications. Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers.
Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the President. The leaks of this privileged information began no later than March 2017 when friends of Mr. Comey have stated he disclosed to them the conversations he had with the President during their January 27, 2017 dinner and February 14, 2017 White House meeting. 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.” 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 these leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated.
In sum, it is now established that the President was not being investigated for colluding with the Russians or attempting to obstruct that investigation. As the Committee pointed out today, these important facts for the country to know are virtually the only facts that have not leaked during the long course of these events.”
From the testimony of James Comey it is crystal clear that he was indeed one of the leakers and that he is guilty of perjury. Now it is time to see in the Senate Intelligence Committee will do anything about it. If not then they all need to be replaced and voted out of office.