President Donald Trump’s lawyer proposed that previous FBI Director James Comey’s news of leaking information to a friend who at that point sent it to a journalist could be reason for an investigation.
Few days back, Comey said he shared the contents of a memo that he had already expounded on a meeting he had with Trump with a friend.
That choice, Comey stated, came three days after Trump posted a tweet that read “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
“I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night, because it didn’t dawn on me originally, there might be corroboration, a tape,” Comey said.
“My judgment was I needed to get that out into the public square. So 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,” Comey said.
Marc Kasowitz, who represents President Trump, issued a statement after Comey’s open declaration, emphasizing truths that he felt supported Trump’s cases and going after Comey for the disclosure about how he shared his memos.
Kasowitz made incorrect claims about the timing of when Comey shared the memo and when the content of the notice was published in The New York Times. In Kasowitz’s incorrect version, he said the information was distributed before Comey shared the memo, and in this manner it seemed, by all accounts, to be “completely retaliatory.”
In all actuality, Comey shared the memo to his friend days after Trump tweeted suggesting there might be tapes of their discussions, and the day after he shared the information, it was referenced by The New York Times.