The James Comey saga became a little more interesting this week. Republican leaders are asking questions about the “special government employee” status of the man who leaked the Comey memos to the public.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Rep.Trey Gowdy sent a letter to the Justice Department demanding more information about Daniel Richman. Richman is a former Columbia University law professor and a close friend of Comey’s.
“The committees are aware James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), shared or instructed staff to share at least some portion of the memos he drafted memorializing his conversations with President Donald J. Trump (the Comey Memos) to an individual named Daniel Richman,” reads the letter.
“To assist the committees in their oversight of this matter, please provide a copy of any nondisclosure agreement(s) signed by Richman with FBI, DOJ or any other entity of the federal government.”
The Comey memos leaked last year after the former FBI director was fired by President Trump. Richman leaked the memos to the press. Richman’s special government status, however, was only revealed last week.
“It seems kind of interesting that the guy who Comey leaks to is a good friend, who had this sort of unfettered access into the FBI,” Rep. Jim Jordan said.
Comey may not be as frank as he seems. What are his motives? He’s been maligning the president ever since he was fired.
“It’s certainly interesting that Director Comey would offer a special job and give full access to his friend when there are 35,000 employees at the FBI,” Rep. Mark Meadows said.
“And it isn’t just that he gave these memos to a friend – he gave them to another FBI employee he had hand-picked to act as a ‘special government employee’ of the FBI.”
(Source: Daily Mail)