Trump Accuses Comey Of Lying About Leaked Memo; NYT Says Trump's "Mistaken"

Update: The New York Times has responded...

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As we detailed earlier, during his testimony today, former FBI Director Comey testified that he only leaked the memo about his contact with the President AFTER he saw President Trump's tweet...

COMEY: I asked -- the president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope 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 conversation. There might a tape. My judgement was, I need to get that out into the public square.


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. I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel. I asked a close friend to do it.


COLLINS: Was that Mr. Wittes?




COLLINS: Who was it?


COMEY: A close friend who is a professor at Columbia law school.


COLLINS: Thank you.

Pretty clear - it was a response to a tweet. But, as President Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz states:

Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the President.


The leaks of this privileged information began no later than March 2017 when friends of Mr. Comey have stated he disclosed to them the conversations he had with the President during their January 27, 2017 dinner and February 14, 2017 White House meeting. Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he leaked to friends his purported memos of these privileged conversations, one of which he testified was classified. He also testified that immediately after he was terminated he authorized his friends to leak the contents of these memos to the press in order to "prompt the appointment of a special counsel."


Although Mr. Comey testified he only leaked the memos in response to a tweet, the public record reveals that the New York Times was quoting from these memos the day before the referenced tweet, which belies Mr. Comey's excuse for this unauthorized disclosure of privileged information and appears to entirely retaliatory.


We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leak should be investigated along with all those others being investigated.

So the question is - having called President Trump a liar, did Comey just get caught in an even bigger lie... ?

As Kasowitz concludes...

...from before this President took office to this day, it is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications.


Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers.