Trump lawyer to file com­plaint against Comey for leak­ing memos

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY DAVE BOYER

Pres­i­dent Trump’s per­sonal at­tor­ney plans to file a com­plaint against fired FBI Di­rec­tor James B. Comey with the Jus­tice De­part­ment over his leak­ing of memos on his con­ver­sa­tions with the pres­i­dent, a source close to the pres­i­dent’s le­gal team said Fri­day. A com­plaint will be filed early next week with the Jus­tice De­part­ment’s in­spec­tor gen­eral re­gard­ing the leak, and there will also be a “sub­mis­sion” to the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee about Mr. Comey’s tes­ti­mony be­fore both Se­nate Ju­di­ciary and Se­nate In­tel­li­gence com­mit­tees, the source said.

Mr. Comey told the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee on Thurs­day that af­ter his fir­ing last month, he gave memos to a friend to leak to the me­dia, in hopes it would pro­voke the ap­point­ment of a spe­cial coun­sel. The memos de­tailed Mr. Comey’s con­ver­sa­tions with the pres­i­dent ear­lier this year in which Mr. Comey said Mr. Trump de­manded loy­alty and pres­sured him to back off an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of former Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Michael Flynn.

The pres­i­dent, through lawyer Marc Ka­sowitz, has de­nied those ac­tions.

The Trump team is also in­ter­ested in Mr. Comey’s tes­ti­mony on May 3 to the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, a week be­fore he was fired, in which Sen. Charles Grass­ley, Iowa Repub­li­can and the panel’s chair­man, asked whether the FBI di­rec­tor was ever the source of anony­mous news ar­ti­cles.

“Di­rec­tor Comey, have you ever been an anony­mous source in news reports about mat­ters re­lat­ing to the Trump in­ves­ti­ga­tion or the Clin­ton in­ves­ti­ga­tion?” Mr. Grass­ley asked. “Never,” Mr. Comey said.

Mr. Grass­ley asked whether the FBI was in­ves­ti­gat­ing leaks of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion about the pres­i­dent or his as­so­ci­ates.

“I don’t want to an­swer that ques­tion, se­na­tor, for rea­sons I think you know,” Mr. Comey said at the time. “Leaks are al­ways a prob­lem, es­pe­cially in the last three to six months.”


Marc Ka­sowitz, per­sonal at­tor­ney to Pres­i­dent Trump, is to file a com­plaint with the Jus­tice De­part­ment and give a “sub­mis­sion” to the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee.


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