“This is Amazingly Dirty”: Now Comey Claims Leaker Friend Is Actually His Personal Attorney
Does former FBI Director James Comey have additional explaining to do?
According to reports, the fired bureau head is pulling what The Federalist‘s Sean Davis believes is “amazingly dirty,” claiming attorney-client privilege after leaking “stolen documents,” to friend Daniel Richman, who he now says is his lawyer — a title Comey did not reveal Richman had during his sworn testimony before Senate investigators last July.
“The person to whom Comey leaked stolen FBI documents and who later leaked them to NYT now claims to be Comey’s attorney. Comey described him only as “a friend” in sworn testimony before Congress,” added Davis.
The New York Times also reported Tuesday that Mueller’s team interviewed former FBI director James Comey last year. Asked about the Times report, Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman said in an email to BuzzFeed News that he is one of Comey’s lawyers and that they would decline to comment. Richman was responsible for sharing the contents of one of Comey’s memos about his communications with Trump with a reporter, at Comey’s request.
Comey told the Senate Intel Committee in July of last year that he asked friend Daniel Richman to leak to the press a memo regarding conversations he shared with President Trump.
New York Times has referred to Richman as a “longtime confidant and friend of Mr. Comey’s,” and his Columbia University biography states he is an “adviser to FBI Director James B. Comey.”
In his sworn testimony, Comey told Senate members his motivation behind leaking the documents, stating “I thought it might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”