Comey confirmed under oath to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he leaked details of a meeting with President Donald Trump to the media via a friend. The leaked memo included the claim that Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials.
In June 2013, federal prosecutors, led by Comey, filed criminal charges against Snowden under the Espionage Act over the leaking of classified information regarding the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
Two years later, Comey called Snowden a ”fugitive,” adding, “I’d love to apprehend him so he can enjoy the benefits of the freest and fairest criminal justice system in the world.”
Comey should at very least face the same fate as Snowden and Assange, there is nothing about his position that should block a proper prosecution of the charge he has already admitted he committed.
Former FBI director James Comey has testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, confirming that he leaked a meeting with Trump to the media and stating that some news stories about Russia are “just dead wrong.”
In an unusual move, the committee released Comey’s prepared remarks on Wednesday afternoon. The seven-page document outlines his relationship with Trump, some details of which had already been leaked to the press in the weeks following his firing, including that the president asked Comey for his loyalty.
The former FBI director said he shared Trump’s three requests for him with the deputy director of the FBI and his counsel, the chief of staff, general counsel, and the number 3 person at the FBI, the head of the national security branch.
Comey also relayed a meeting he had with Trump in the Trump Tower on January 6, saying he felt the need to create a written record of the meeting due to “circumstances, subject matter, and the person I was interacting with (Trump).”
“I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting,” he said, speaking of Trump, who was still president-elect at the time of the meeting.
“I think I did it after each of our nine conversations. I knew that there might come a day when I might need a record of what happened, to defend not just myself, but the FBI and our integrity,” Comey said.
When asked by a senator whether the meeting with Trump was the only presidential meeting he ever felt the need to create a written record for, Comey said “that’s right.”
Comey admitted he took one written record to the outside, asking a friend who was a professor at Columbia Law “to share the content of the memo with a reporter,” hoping it would prompt the appointment of a special counsel.
The former FBI director went on to describe a situation in which the president whispered in his ear that he was “really looking forward to working” with him.
He then said that he got the feeling that Trump was “looking to get something in exchange for letting me stay in my job.”
However, Comey later seemed to backtrack on that statement.
“I don’t know I would go that far. I got sense my job would be contingent on how he felt I conducted myself and whether I demonstrated loyalty,” he said, when asked about the previous statement he had made.