By: Brian Evans
Yesterday, following the intelligence hearing featuring former FBI Director James Comey, President Trump’s lawyers shot down Comey’s testimony concerning one of President Trump’s comments on twitter. The President’s tweet read as follows:
President Trump had fired the director on Tuesday May 9, 2017, and then released the tweet on Friday May 12. Former Director of the FBI James Comey alleged under oath that:
“The President tweeted on Friday, after I got fired that I had better hope that there’s not tapes. I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night, because it didn’t dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversations, might be a tape, my judgement was that I needed to get that out into the public square and so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter,” Comey said. “I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but asked him to, because I thought that it might prompt the appointment of a Special Counsel. I asked a close friend of mine to do that.”
When asked by Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) who his friend was, Comey identified him only as “a good friend of mine who is a professor at Columbia Law School.” It has now been learned that his friend who he handed off the memos to was Daniel Richman, who is a professor at Columbia University.
Since knowledge of his identity was released, the Columbia Law School’s faculty website crashed. To make matters worse, the faculty bio describes him as “currently an adviser to FBI Director James B Comey.” Furthermore in May, the Associated Press released a report that described him as “a longtime Comey friend.” Now, it has been confirmed by CNN that Professor Richmond provided the memos to reporters for Comey.
Now, upon examination of the memos and the Presidents twitter post, it appears that Comey’s timeline may be falling apart. Comey claimed that he had orchestrated the leak on May 16th. However, upon close examination of the public record, it appears that the New York Times was quoting from these memos on Thursday May 11th, which is the day before the President posted his twitter comment about potential tapes.
One such example that was released in the NY Times, was a statement made on May 11th titled: “In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred.” This was the statement that apparently spurred the President to release his statement on twitter about the fact that Comey had better hope that the President didn’t have tapes of their conversations. The mainstream media went ballistic and claimed that the President was threatening Comey to keep him quiet, but in reality it was obviously becoming apparent to the President, that Comey was wrongfully leaking information to the NY Times. There were also other story lines in the Times article that had eerily similar wording to Comey’s account of their meetings. The memo’s stated, according to the NY Times that:
“I added that I was not reliable in the way that politicians use the word, but he could always count on me to tell him the truth.”
“Later in the dinner, Mr. Trump again said to Mr. Comey that he needed loyalty. Mr. Comey again replied that he would give him ‘honesty’ and did not pledge his loyalty, according to the accounting of the conversation. But Mr. Trump pressed him on whether it would be ‘honest loyalty.’ ‘You will have that,’ Mr. Comey told his associates he responded.”
The NY Times stated that the article was based on an anonymous source, but now it appears that the anonymous source was the FBI Director himself, James Comey and his friend Professor Daniel Richman of Columbia Law School. And now, it appears that the Director was not only one of the possible intelligence leaks, but he also seems to have a perjury and honesty issue as well. This is a storyline that will play out, and hopefully show once and for all, it is time to clean up the DC swamp, and allow the President to move forward on his agenda that the American people elected him to do.
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