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Trump Legal Team To File Complaint Against Comey

| by Michael Doherty

President Donald Trump's outside attorney plans to file a complaint against former FBI Director James Comey over his testimony that he gave a friend memos he wrote about conversations with the president.

Comey's June 8 testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee focused on his interactions with Trump, including conversations that he wrote about and said that he gave to a confidant, according to CNN. The friend that Comey gave the memos to was identified as Columbia University professor Daniel Richman.

"My judgment was I needed to get that out into the public square," said Comey in his testimony. "So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter."

"I 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," said Comey, ABC reports.

Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, plans to file the complaint against Comey with the Senate judiciary committee and the Justice Department Inspector General, according to two sources knowledgeable about the situation.

Kasowitz also said Comey was lying about conversations between himself and the president during his testimony. Kasowitz said in a statement on the fired FBI director's testimony that Trump "never told Mr. Comey, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty' in form or substance."

If Kasowitz's statement about Comey lying is true, the former FBI director would have committed perjury while testifying under oath.

"Although Mr. Comey testified he only leaked the memos in response to a tweet, the public record reveals that the New York Times was quoting from these memos the day before the referenced tweet, which belies Mr. Comey’s excuse for this unauthorized disclosure of privileged information and appears to entirely retaliatory," Kasowitz said.

Comey had said that he gave the memos to Richman after Trump tweeted that Comey had "better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations."

The New York Times ran the story on Comey's memos on May 16, four days after the Trump tweet that Comey said prompted him to disseminate the memos. Kasowitz appeared to be referring to a May 11 New York Times story, which makes no reference to the memos.

The president tweeted about feeling "vindicated" by Comey's testimony.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication ... and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" Trump tweeted.

"The president feels completely vindicated and is eager to continue moving forward with his agenda, with the business of this country, and with this public cloud removed," said Kasowitz.

Sources: CNN (2, 3), ABC News / Photo credit: Obama White House/Flickr

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