Comey Pal Responds to Trump Tweet About 'Illegal' Leaks
Jul 11 2017
As the pressure on Donald Trump intensifies over an evolving federal investigation of alleged collusion with Russian Federation, the president is resorting to what he knows best: Attack his perceived enemy on an unrelated issue.
President Trump jumped on the news this morning, taking to Twitter to condemn Comey. "That is so illegal!"
President Trump has accused former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey of illegality in leaking memos that may have contained classified information. In his Senate testimony, Comey said he tried to keep classified info out of his memos. "It's against the law".
"James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media", Trump wrote.
"If true, this is a bombshell", Mr. Chaffetz tweeted.
In May, Trump tweeted that it was his opinion that leaks coming out of the White House were "fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media".
President Trump accused Comey on Twitter of breaking the law
However, Trump's tweet does not indicate if he is reacting exclusively to The Hill story, which does not verify that the memo Comey has confirmed to have leaked to the media through a friend is among the four deemed classified or confidential.
Claims about the classification status of Comey's memos bring us right back to Hillary Clinton's claims that her emails were not "marked classified", and therefore that she lacked knowledge that they were classified when she stored and transmitted them.
During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, Comey admitted asking a friend from Columbia Law School to leak information from one of his memos to The New York Times in hopes of spurring a special counsel to investigate whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during last year's election. It was about a February 14 meeting, where Comey said Trump asked him to stop investigating former national security adviser Mike Flynn. But according to the Hill, the F.B.I. designated them as government documents, which means Comey could have also violated F.B.I. policy by disclosing the single memo.
"No memos were given to the press, and no memos were classified at the time I received them", he said, explaining that the "substance" of one memo was given to the press but not the physical document.
Trump last month had said that he did not have recordings of his meetings with Comey, after weeks of speculation that the Republican billionaire leader himself fueled. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).
Mr. Comey admitted under oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he leaked memos with the explicit aim to force the appointment of a special counsel.