Was James Comey the Media’s Primary “Leaker” All Along?
According to a new Fox News report, President Trump’s lawyers are prepared to prove that when former FBI Director James Comey told his buddy to go to the news media with his memos, it was only the latest of several instances in which the nation’s top law enforcement official leaked administration news to the press.
A source close to Trump’s legal team confirmed to Fox News that lawyers may soon file complaints with the inspector general of the Justice Department and the Senate Judiciary Committee:
Though Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3 he’d never been — or directed another FBI official to be — an anonymous source for news reports about the Trump and Hillary Clinton investigations, the then-FBI chief did not deny orchestrating leaks using, for instance, an old friend who works at Columbia University, or providing the information to a wide enough group to ensure it would leak.
And in reference to a separate case, he acknowledged sending his infamous letter to lawmakers last fall announcing a revival of the Clinton email probe knowing full well what they’d do: “Did I know they were really going to leak it? Of course, I know how Congress works.”
Adding credence to the Fox News report was a tweet from the president himself earlier this week.
“I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible,” Trump wrote. “Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!'”
At his Senate hearing last week, Comey testified that he asked his friend to go to the media with the memos AFTER Trump tweeted about the “tapes” he might have about their conversations. But that leaves open the question about why Trump made that threat in the first place.
Except…it’s really not much of a question. There’s no other way the New York Times could have written their May 11 story (one day before the “tapes” tweet) that chronicled the president’s one-on-one dinner with Comey where he asked for the FBI director’s loyalty. The Times said they got the information from two of Comey’s “associates.” Well, this was almost certainly based on the same memos that Comey testified about at the hearing. Which means Comey lied to the Committee.
Legalities aside, it’s clear that Comey has a vendetta against President Trump that likely preceded his firing. A vendetta that CAUSED his firing. And we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Comey was leaking “memos” to the media long before Trump finally had enough. The Democrats can pretend that Comey is a straight-laced, upstanding Boy Scout all they want, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that he’s just another establishment operative trying to prevent the people’s president from draining the swamp.