Trump Legal Team to File Complaint Over Comey Memos

Olive Rios
June 11, 2017

The Washington Post led with two quotes: from Comey and also from Trump's lawyer.

Kasowitz also jumped on Comey's revelation that he had released details of his private conversations with the president, casting the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as one of the "leakers" set on undermining the Trump administration. The Post spoke to Stephen Kohn, a partner in a law firm specializing in whistleblower protection. In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, Comey said he couldn't discuss details related to why Sessions recused himself in an open setting.

But later, Comey said that he had hoped to "prompt the appointment of a special counsel" for reasons that had nothing to do with Russian Federation.

It's a "frivolous distraction", Miller said, adding that there was "no violation" of Department of Justice rules in Comey sharing his memo with someone outside the department.

Lewandowski criticized Comey for relaying his notes from meetings with the president to the media through an intermediary, suggesting that the former director should be prosecuted if such a move was part of a regular pattern of behavior. He painted Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI's independence and made clear that he interpreted Trump's request to end an investigation into the former national security adviser as an order coming from the president.

After the hearing, the president's personal lawyer issued a statement rejecting much of Mr Comey's allegations.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump tweeted in mid-May. Trump's now revealing his takeaway - Comey had nothing on him when it comes to Russian Federation. and Comey admitted leaking info about their meetings. But the bulk of this line of coverage centered on a storyline about Comey "leaking" his memos through a friend to the media.

While Trump might feel vindicated, Comey's reputation as a truth-teller didn't seem to take a hit.

"This is an abuse of process & we will be filing a defense of Comey". King asked Comey, "Would you, do you take that as a directive?"

Normally when former officials want to release information, they have to run it past the agency in question in what's known as prepublication review. Comey also revealed that he'd orchestrated the public release of information about his private conversations with the president in an effort to further the investigation.

In the past, the government has filed civil charges against former officials who have made disclosures that have monetary value - for example, writing and selling a memoir - but Comey's memos as reported have no pecuniary value. The Justice IG would have little jurisdiction over a terminated employee and the Senate doesn't have the authority to bring charges.

I can appreciate Kasowitz's broader strategy.

President Donald Trump briefly addressed former FBI Director James Comey's testimony in person for the first time, saying that he did not ask Comey to "let Flynn go" and that he would "100 percent" be willing to testify under oath, in a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis Friday afternoon.

But Vladeck said that just because what Comey did wasn't explicitly illegal doesn't mean it was appropriate. Comey said that he felt compelled to carefully document his interactions with President Trump because he did not believe that Trump would portray those interactions truthfully, if the need ever arose.

"I found him to be credible, candid and thorough", Collins said of Comey on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". I'm inclined to think he didn't. Comey told lawmakers Thursday that "my view was that the content of those unclassified, memorialization of those conversations was my recollection recorded".

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