As the saying goes, when is a rose not a rose? Comey states that the problem is Coop’s question, not that Comey can’t come up with a satisfactory answer to the question.
The Comey magical mystery tour continues and Anderson Cooper called Comey a leaker and insisted he leaked many times. Many many times. Saint Comey was left to spin in the wind. He is scheduled for Bret Bair on Fox tonight.
It’s starting to get fun as the light-hearted let’s get Trump crowd is dissipating and he is getting some hard questions now. Oops Jim….this is not going well..
Cooper didn’t follow-up as to the status of this friend.
We just learned that the Professor who leaked Comey memos to media was ‘special government employee’ for the FBI. According to sources familiar with the situation, Comey tasked Richman with “special projects,” and he had security clearance and access to the building. Additionally, Richman was provided talking points detailing how the agency was managing the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails. More at the Washington Examiner
CNN held a Town Hall with fired FBI Director James Comey, in which the topic quickly turned to his memos and whether or not Comey broke the law by releasing them. “Do you think there is any credence to the president’s claims that you broke the law when you released memos?” host Anderson Cooper asked. Comey replied that he did not. “I see no credible claim by any serious person that I violated the law,” he said. Yet, Cooper pressed on, pointing out that one memo was, in fact, retroactively classified. “Is it okay for somebody at the FBI to leak something an internal document even if it is not classified?” Cooper pushed. “There is a whole lot wrong with your question,” Comey replied. “I didn’t leak memos, I asked a friend to communicate the substance one unclassified memo to the media and I was a private citizen.”
Snip….. Oopsie Jim
“Shouldn’t you be nailed to the door then? Aren’t you a leaker?” Cooper said, grilling the former FBI Director. “You gave up a document that was released to the New York Times!” He further demanded: “I am surprised that you only think that leaks officially are somebody that is classified.” “I totally get it,” Comey said. “I intentionally gave this information to a friend, intending that it be out in the media. I wanted it to get out in the media. As a private citizen, I could do that and did do that just as I wrote about it in my book.” (Notes from the video – full transcript there.)