Comey Hearing Liveblog — Hot Mic Thursday
Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, today accused former FBI director James Comey of directing unauthorized news leaks designed to damage the president and suggested he should be investigated.
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 that he disclosed to them the conversations that he had with the president during their January 27th, 2017 dinner and February 14th, 2017 White House meeting.
Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he leaked to friends of his purported memos of those privileged communications. One of which, he testified, was classified. 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, quote, "prompt the appointment of a special counsel", closed quote.
Although Mr. Comey testified that he only leaked the memos in response to a tweet, the public record reveals that "The New York Times" was quoting from those memos the day before the referenced tweet, which belies Mr. Comey's excuse for this unauthorized disclosure of privileged information and appears to be entirely retaliatory.
We will leave it to the appropriate authorities to determine whether these leaks should be investigated along with all the others that are being investigated.