During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey admitted he asked a “good friend of mine who is a professor at Columbia Law School” to leak the contents of his own memo to a reporter.
He said he did it because “I thought it might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”
The good friend is Professor Daniel Richman, according to NBC News. Comey reportedly worked with Richman at the university when he held a brief research post there in 2013, but they have been close friends for about 30 years. Richman was also a policy adviser to Comey during his time as FBI Director.
NBC News outlined their connections as follows:
Richman is a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and has been a consultant with the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury, according to his Columbia biography. Among his areas of expertise are criminal adjudication and federal criminal law.
His bio also lists him as an adviser to Comey and says his “scholarly writings include more than 30 law review articles. He has offered testimony as an expert in a number of congressional hearings, and state, federal, and international criminal and civil matters.”
Richman was a vocal supporter of Comey last fall, as the FBI director revealed in October that the bureau was reviewing a new batch of emails linked to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton that appeared to be pertinent to the earlier investigation into her use of a private server.
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) June 8, 2017
Below is an interview of Richman by Megyn Kelly, just before the 2016 presidential election, when he came out in defense of Comey.
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