Rep. Jim Jordan said Thursday that since former FBI Director James B. Comey admitted to leaking information to the press once already, it is not hard to assume that Comey likely did it multiple times throughout his tenure at the agency, reports The Washington Times.
“Frankly, there is no one on Capitol Hill who thinks this is the first and only time James Comey used Daniel Richman to leak information to the press. My guess is it happened lots of times,” Jordan, Ohio Republican, said on Fox News.
Comey admitted to giving information about President Trump to Richman, a friend and personal adviser to give to the press. The former FBI director provided those details during a hearing on Capitol Hill last summer.
Richman said he had “special government employee” status — although he was unpaid — according to Fox News. The status could play a role in the ongoing review of the memos by the inspector general in determining whether classified information was in the memos.
“A leak is a leak,” Jordan said.
Richman is a Columbia law professor and was the one who shared the memo’s Comey used to document the private conversations he had with President Trump at the beginning of his presidency.
During his June 2017 Senate testimony, after President Trump fired him, Comey did not describe Richman as an FBI employee and seemed to give no public indication the memos were shared more broadly. The former FBI director testified that he gave the memos, documenting conversations with the president, to Richman to kick-start what is now the Mueller probe.
“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. But I asked him to, because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” Comey told Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who asked who it was. “A good friend of mine who’s a professor at Columbia Law School.”
Richman has confirmed with Fox News that he did work with Comey at the FBI as a “special government employee” or SGE for short.
Sources familiar with Richman’s FBI work said Comey assigned him to “special projects.” Richman had a security clearance and badge access to the FBI building. Richman’s employment was formalized through a memorandum of understanding.