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Comey Reveals He Enlisted a Friend to Leak the Content of His Memo to a Reporter

During questioning from Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) at Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, former FBI director James Comey revealed that he facilitated the leak of the content of his memo to The New York Times.

Comey cited President Donald Trump‘s tweet suggesting there might be tapes of their conversations as the reason he wanted to get his account of the conversation out into the world.

My judgment was 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. Didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons. But I asked him to. Because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.

Comey did not identify the friend beyond saying that he’s a professor at Columbia Law School. But the Washington Post confirmed the friend to be Columbia professor Dan Richman.

Richman has been identified by The New York Times as “a longtime friend and confidant” of Comey’s. Per the Columbia law website, he is a former Federal prosecutor, who previous served as a Department of Justice consultant.

Later in the hearing, Comey was asked why he didn’t leak the contents of his memo to the media himself. Comey said he was hoping to escape further media hysteria.

“I worried it would be like feeding seagulls at the beach,” Comey said.

Watch above, via CNN.

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