Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Somehow media don’t care that Comey’s cut-out in leaking classified memos claims to be his lawyer


The following article appeared in the American Thinker on April 17th


In glaring contrast to the media feeding frenzy over the claim by Michael Cohen that Sean Hannity is his client, virtually nobody has picked up the scoop by Sean Davis of The Federalist almost three months ago (January 23, 2018) that:

A friend of former FBI director James Comey who leaked sensitive FBI memos to The New York Times in the wake of Comey's firing in 2017 now claims to be Comey's personal attorney.  Daniel Richman, a law professor at Columbia University, told The Federalist via phone on Tuesday afternoon that he was now personally representing Comey.
Comey and Attorney Dan Richman

The revelation comes in the wake of news that Comey was interviewed by the special counsel's office last year.  According to The New York Times, the line of questioning from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller focused on memos that Comey wrote and later leaked after he was fired from his job by President Donald Trump.  A review of FBI policies governing the handling of sensitive government documents suggests Comey violated FBI policy by leaking the memos, which were produced on government time, using government equipment, and directly related to his official government responsibilities, according to Comey's own testimony before Congress. ...

Reached by phone on Tuesday, Richman refused to say when his legal representation of Comey began or whether he was personally representing Comey when the former FBI director testified before Congress in June 2017 about his deliberate leaking of the FBI records.  The specific timing of the attorney-client relationship is important, because it may shield conversations between Comey and Richman regarding the coordinated leak of FBI records to the media from law enforcement scrutiny.  Richman's legal work on behalf of Comey was not known before today, as Comey testified before Congress in 2017 that Richman was merely a friend.
So Richman was "just a friend," NOT a partner in crime?

Despite being given multiple opportunities to do so, Comey never characterized Richman as his attorney, nor did he suggest that his directions to Richman to leak the memos to the media were privileged attorney-client communications.  The news that Richman is now representing Comey raises questions about whether the special counsel may be investigating Comey and Richman for their roles in leaking classified information to the news media in order to get revenge on Trump for firing Comey.

Sean Hannity is a media figure with absolutely no criminal charges or involvement in legal proceedings related to the special counsel.  Comey and his friend, on the other hand, are closely implicated.

Media double standards, anyone?


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