One of the most shocking statements to come out of today’s hearing with fired FBI Director James Comey was his admission that he leaked documents to the press.
He further surprised members of the Senate Intelligence Committee by saying he did so in the hopes of pushing the appointment of a special counsel.
Comey said he leaked the contents of his conversation with the President to a professor at Columbia Law School, Daniel Richman, with the expectation that Richman would leak it to a New York Times reporter, as The Hill reported.
I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.
— James Comey
Comey claims he was free to release the memos as a private citizen as the memos were his “personal recollection.”
However, should it turn out that Comey created the memo’s on FBI computers and during his normal working hours as a paid government employee, Comey could find himself in legal trouble for releasing confidential FBI internal documents.