Former FBI Director James Comey gave his highly anticipated testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, and while he never delivered the death blow to Donald Trump’s presidency that liberals wanted so dearly, he very well could have implicated himself in a violation of the Espionage Act.
According to the Washington Examiner, Comey essentially admitted under oath that he had leaked to the media through a friend memos that documented his meetings with Trump since the 2016 election.
Apparently, he did this with the hope of prompting an appointment of a special counsel in the alleged Trump-Russian collusion investigation.
Judgment — Square — Friend — Mine — Share
“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,” Comey said in response to Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins’ question regarding why he had kept and subsequently leaked the memos after he had been fired.
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Variety — Reasons — Appointment — Counsel
“Didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to, because I thought, that might prompt the appointment of the special counsel,” he added.
That “friend” has since been identified by the Examiner as Columbia Law School professor Daniel C. Richman, who has touted himself as “an adviser” of Comey.
Breitbart — Response — Comey — Testimony — Admission
According to Breitbart, in response to Comey’s testimony and surprising admission, Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz laid into the former director, pointing out that, “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,” Kasowitz continued.
«Mr. Comey also testified that immediately after he was terminated he authorized his friends to leak the contents of those memos to the press in order to, in Mr. Comey’s words, ‘prompt the appointment of a special counsel,’” said Kasowitz, adding that the admitted timing of the leak and media reports on the content of the memos meant that they appeared “to be entirely retaliatory.»