President Donald Trump’s lawyer has decided to take some sort of action after learning that former FBI director James Comey leaked information. Trump’s legal team is now planning on filing a complaint against the former director according to two sources of CNN.
Trump has previously sued people, especially in his business years, but in recent time he has rarely followed through with his threats. Take his 2016 campaign for example. He threatened Ted Cruz several times because of various reasons including “cheating.” He also threatened several news outlets and even the Republican Party of Louisiana. Not a single lawsuit was filed.
The complaint is set to focus on Comey’s releasing of a memo to a friend who then released that information to a reporter. The note’s content included private conversations with Trump and Comey. Comey decided to release the memo after Trump Tweeted that he had tapes of the conversations with Comey.
“My judgment was I needed to get that out into the public square,” Comey stated about the memo. “So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter.”
While Comey says that the memos he wrote were unclassified, the President tweeted on Friday that Comey has been lying and leaking:
“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!”
However, former White House Ethics czar Norm Eisen told CNN that Comey, “did nothing improper in disclosing the details of the meeting in which Trump ordered him to drop the investigation against Flynn.”
“The conversation was not classified, and neither was the memo about it. DOJ rules do not prohibit the disclosure of such information. The conversation was not subject to the attorney-client privilege or other privileges since Comey was obviously not acting as Trump’s lawyer. And if any privileges did apply, Trump waived them by repeatedly disclosing the contents of his conversations with Comey.”
Eisen, a CNN political commentator, also stated that he believes Trump’s lawyer is abusing his power:
“There can also be bar penalties for abuse of process, and civil ones for libel. But we need to let this play out more before those assessments are made.”
However, if this information is true, there should be an announcement and change coming very soon. The reality is that the hearing has just finished and much more will be revealed soon.
Credit: CNN Politics