Trump’s lawyer slams Comey’s memo leak, suggests ‘authorities’ should investigate
By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Thursday, June 8, 2017
Responding to the testimony of fired FBI Director James B. Comey, President Trump’s personal lawyer said Thursday that Mr. Comey “makes clear that the president never sought to impede” the FBI’s investigation of Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Lawyer Marc Kasowitz also said Mr. Comey made “unauthorized disclosures” of “privileged communications” that he had with the president.
Mr. Kasowitz blasted leaks of classified information by government employees “who are actively attempting to undermine” the president. He criticized the former FBI director for conceding to lawmakers that he provided a friend with a memo he’d written of his conversations with the president, for the purpose of leaking the information to the media.
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“Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers,” Mr. Kasowitz said. “We will leave it to the appropriate authorities to determine whether these leaks should be investigated.”
The president’s lawyer said Mr. Trump “feels completely vindicated” after Mr. Comey’s testimony and looks forward to getting on with his agenda.
The president’s lawyer read his statement to reporters at the National Press Club but took no questions.
Mr. Kasowitz said that Mr. Trump “never pressured Mr. Comey” into dropping the Russia investigation, and never sought a loyalty oath from the FBI director.
“It is now established that there the president was not being investigated for colluding with the or attempting to obstruct that investigation,” he said. “As the [Senate Intelligence] committee pointed out today, these important facts for the country to know are virtually the only facts that have not leaked during the long course of these events.”
Comey leaked his own memos to contradict Trump, spur special prosecutor
By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Thursday, June 8, 2017
Fired FBI Director James B. Comey orchestrated the leak of details of his memos of his conversations with President Trump, he testified to Congress on Thursday, saying he was hoping it would spur the Justice Department to announce an independent prosecutor to probe the Trump operation.
Mr. Comey said he used a law professor friend at Columbia University as a go-between to share information with reporters, though he didn’t name the professor. He said he wanted to get information out after Mr. Trump took to Twitter to dispute that he had asked the FBI to let former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn off the hook.
“I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” Mr. Comey testified.
Sen. Roy Blunt said that sounded like a cop-out.
“What you do there is create a source close to the former director of the FBI, as opposed to just taking responsibility yourself,” the Missouri Republican said.
Mr. Comey said he felt so disturbed by his interactions with Mr. Trump that he took notes of their conversations, fearing the president would “lie” about them later. He said he wrote memos in unclassified form so they could be discussed publicly.