Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said new details about James Comey’s leaking of memos is “further evidence of FBI corruption” during Comey’s tenure as FBI director, reports Fox News.
Comey sent the memos detailing his private conversations with President Trump to a friend, who then leaked the contents of one memo to the New York Times.
It’s now been discovered that the friend, Columbia law professor Daniel Richman, worked as an FBI “special government employee” for at least 19 months – during which time he reported directly to Comey and repeatedly defended the FBI director in media interviews amid the Hillary Clinton email probe.
On “Outnumbered Overtime,” Fitton said this goes to show that the FBI is as political an organization as any other government bureaucracy.
“They have press operations and they try to defend themselves in the media,” Fitton said, arguing that Richman had an obligation to disclose his relationship with the bureau, instead of only being identified as a law professor or policy adviser to Comey in interviews.
Fitton also noted that during Comey’s Senate Intelligence Committee testimony in June 2017, after his firing, he did not volunteer that Richman was an FBI employee.
Fitton said that Richman’s status as an FBI employee was an important material fact that people would have wanted to know when evaluating Comey’s decision to use him as an intermediary to leak sensitive information.
“You can bet that given Richman’s role at the FBI and [he and Comey’s] close relationship that this wasn’t the first time that leaks like this occurred,” Fitton said, calling for a “credible investigation” into Comey’s leaking.
In an interview with Fox News last week, Comey said the contents of the memos were not classified and that his actions did not constitute a “leak.”