IN THE HOT SEAT: Comey Leaked Confidential Information
Chairman for the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley recently wrote a letter to Attorney General Rosenstein demanding answers on the Comey “leaked memos”.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
Grassley noted that he and his staff recently reviewed seven memos that Comey wrote after his meetings with Trump. Four of those documents contained information classified as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “SECRET.”
Grassley also pointed to past reporting that Comey gave four memos of his conversations with Trump to a friend, Columbia law professor Daniel Richman.
“If it’s true that Professor Richman had four of the seven memos, then in light of the fact that four of the seven memos the Committee reviewed are classified, it would appear that at least one memo the former FBI director gave Professor Richman contained classified information,” Grassley writes.
Comey acknowledged during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in June that after he was fired by Trump on May 9, he gave memos to a friend, later identified as Richman, with instructions to provide one of the documents to the press.
Comey acknowledged that his goal with the leak was to force the creation of a special prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation.
“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. I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel. I asked a close friend to do it,” Comey testified.
Short analysis of Comey’s testimony:
- Comey claims that the Russians want to undermine our standing and credibility with the rest of the world. Isn’t this true of most countries, particularly those considered Super Powers? Certainly in hindsight the Russians would rather negotiate with an Obama surrogate than Trump.
- Just over 2 minutes into Comey’s blatant lies he discusses “common sense”. Interestingly the case he attempt to make the he has more common sense than the norm, you figure out that he exercised none of it.
- Recall that Comey mentions he was intimidated by Trump. He served two presidents, but suddenly under President Trump he found himself feeling rather small. Back to Point 1, wouldn’t Putin feel the same?
- Comey attempts to rationalize his leaks, an illegal act.
Ironically, despite Comey’s tortuous testimony to skirt the lie, his testimony will be his undoing.
Former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI, Danny Coulson commented that Comey corrupted the FBI.
It’s clear that many FBI agents want to clean up the agency. President Trump allows Mueller the chance to help them do this, while retaining his so-called stellar reputation.
But they will only get this shot.
Santa Claus may have a list of those who’ve been naughty or nice. But make no mistake about it, President Trump DOES have this list. And if heads don’t begin to roll, the president has no problem turning up the head.
Trump is not afraid to turn up the heat. And the public loves his leadership, something sore lacking for the better part of 4 decades.
Comey tweet over the New Year that he hoped 2018 would bring more ethical leadership. I say to him, “Don’t worry, it already has.”