Yesterday was a huge day in the political arena as former FBI Director James Comey delivered his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. After the testimony, President Donald Trump’s lawyer responded to the event saying that Trump was completely clear of any allegations and that Comey broke the law by leaking information to the New York Times.
Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s lawyer, released the following statement surrounding Comey’s testimony (Full video below):
“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 the leakers.”
Kasowitz also restated Trump’s statement from before the testimony. Huffington Post reports this saying:
“Kasowitz also echoed comments Trump made earlier in the week that Comey’s testimony vindicated his claims that he was not personally under investigation for potential collusion with Russia.”
Comey’s testimony revealed that Comey indirectly leaked a memo of a conversation between the president and himself. He then readily admitted that he leaked this information to hopefully encourage the Department of Justice to get a special counsel for the Trump-Russia fiasco.
According to Stanford law professor, Robert Weisberg, Comey’s release of the memo was and “odd choice” but a “rational one.” Weisberg, who is the co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, stated that he doesn’t believe Comey did anything criminal:
“There is no such ‘crime’ as a leak. There’s a violation of the Espionage Act if you disclose security related classified information. Trump’s lawyer mumbled something about privilege. Even if executive privilege applied, that only refers to admissibility in court or susceptibility to a subpoena―it doesn’t make disclosure of privileged information a crime.”
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