In a stunning admission, fired FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee on Thursday that he was behind the leak of a memo he wrote that stated “Donald Trump asked me to stem the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Comey stated “I woke up in the middle of the night” and realized I may be able to use memos I had recorded to share my version of events.” He went on to say I provided the memo to a friend of mine who’s a Columbia University professor.
No one, on either side of the aisle on the panel pressed him further by asking for who exactly was it. Well, now I/we know his name is Professor Daniel Richman.
Richman’s faculty webpage says he is “currently an adviser to FBI Director James B. Comey.” He is a former federal prosecutor and worked with Comey in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Here’s the potential problem for James Comey, did he leak possible information that should have been classified and that wasn’t so it could get out “his version” of events? If so he’s in some legal hot water. Like many watching the proceedings, I was stunned when I heard that a sitting FBI Director leaked information to a “surrogate” in an effort to pass it onto the New York Times of all outlets.
Ohhhh and if you think this was the first time he’s leaked something, think again, he just got caught admitting it, and now we know how pervasive this leaking problem is for the current administration. I guess he “couldn’t” have leaked that the former AG asked him not to refer to the Clinton scandal as an “investigation” but rather an “event.”
What message does this send to others working in the government? I guess leaking information is just the new norm in an otherwise already dysfunctional town.