James Comey’s reputation as an honest lawman has taken a beating.
But one lie he told backfired in a major way.
And now it could land him in prison.
When he testified before Congress, Comey claimed he leaked memos of his conversations with Trump to a friend who was a law professor in order to kick start a special counsel investigation.
Republicans immediately pointed out Comey may have illegally leaked classified information.
In his new book, Comey claims he leaked only one unclassified memo to Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman.
That appears to be a lie.
The Office of the Inspector General is now investigating Comey for leaking as many as four memos with information marked “CONFIDENTIAL” or “SECRET.”
“Former FBI Director James Comey may have misled the public when he claimed in his recently released book that he only provided “one unclassified memo” to an associate with the purpose of sharing the contents with a reporter.
The associate, Columbia University professor Daniel Richman, told Fox News in May that he received four memos in total from Comey. Last week, citing “people familiar with the matter” the Wall Street Journal reported that the Justice Department’s watchdog opened a review of Comey’s actions in allegedly providing four memos to Richman to share with the news media.
Richman did not reply to a Slate.com request for comment on the total number of memos that he received from Comey. Slate reported that the Fox News report citing Richman as describing four separate memos “appears to be correct” based on “reporting in the Wall Street Journal along with Slate’s own reporting.”
Those characterizations clearly contrast with the following paragraph in Comey’s memoir describing what he gave to Richman:
Tuesday morning, after dawn, I contacted my good friend Dan Richman, a former prosecutor and now a professor at Columbia Law School. Dan had been giving me legal advice since my firing. I told him I was going to send him one unclassified memo and I wanted him to share the substance of the memo—but not the memo itself—with a reporter.
He does not write of sharing any more memos with Richman.
Comey is said to have authored seven memos in total memorializing his private conversations with Trump. The Washington Post reported that four of the memos contained classified information — two were classified as “confidential” and two more as secret.
Using simple mathematics, this means that if Comey provided Richman with four memos out of seven, one had to have contained material determined to have been classified.”
Comey’s conduct has landed him squarely on the hot seat.
It’s clear he was acting out of hatred for the President, not concern for the country.
And now his blind partisanship may land him as the target in a criminal investigation.