President Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz has announced that he plans to file a complaint against James Comey for intentionally leaking classified information and may very well face charges for violating the Espionage Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of ten years. He has also placed his friend, Dan Richman, a Columbia University law professor in jeopardy as well. Comey openly admitted yesterday that he was behind the leak of his memos. Comey claims the memo was not classified but the truth is Comey cannot make the decision to take classified information and declassify it.
“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of a memo with the reporter,” Comey said. “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.”
The friend is Dan Richman, a Columbia University law professor, a former official and adviser to Comey, who confirmed to media outlets he was the person Comey was referring to.
The revelation was one of the biggest during a hearing where Comey also testified under oath that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch pressured him to call an investigation into Hillary Clinton a “matter” instead of an “investigation.”
Kasowitz after the hearing called Comey one of the leakers attempting to undermine the president:
It is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications. Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers.
This may explain why Comey couldn’t find all the leakers since Trump became president. He didn’t want to. Ironically, Comey recommended the prosecution of David Petraeus for essentially the same crime that Comey has now committed. Comey also admitted that he did so for revenge and nothing else. Lock him up.