Friday, June 9, 2017

Kasowitz Nonsense

President Donald Trump's outside attorney plans to file a complaint against former FBI Director James Comey with the Justice Department Inspector General and the Senate judiciary committee, two sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

The complaint will focus on Comey's testimony that he gave a friend the content of memos about his conversations with Trump and asked the friend to then give that information to a reporter.

They were Comey's personal memos. He can do what he wants with them, as long as they didn't contain any classified information. And Comey testified that he specifically wrote all but one so that they didn't contain any classified information.
Disseminating unclassified information is generally not considered leaking and the President did not assert executive privilege over Comey's testimony.


The Justice Department [...] has limited jurisdiction over former employees. They can investigate but the remedy in the event of finding wrongdoing would be to make a note in Comey's file should he ever seek to be employed by the DOJ again.


It is unclear when Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, will file the complaints, but the source said they are actively exploring their options.
And I expect that is just part of the public bullshit they are showering us with in order to try to shut down any impact Comey's testimony might have.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.


UPDATE:  Another article (on Lawfareblog) explaining why Comey's memo leak was in no way illegal or unethical.

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