Following a short, albeit, welcome Twitter hiatus during Thursday’s James Comey hearing, Trump took to Twitter early Friday to comment on the damning testimony that, among other things, accused him of lying about the former FBI director’s termination and pressuring him to drop the Michael Flynn investigation.
“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!,” Trump posted.
The leaks referred to, which the president’s personal lawyer is aiming to have investigated, are the release of memos made by Comey that documented his unusually frequent conversations with the president. During Thursday’s hearing in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey testified that he asked friend and Columbia law professor Daniel C. Richman to leak the memos in hopes of appointing a special prosecutor for the Russia investigation.
Comey also testified that he documented the conversations in fear that Trump would lie about their interactions.
“I was alone with the president of the United States. I was talking about matters that touch on the FBI’s core responsibility and that related to the president-elect personally,” Comey said. “Then [there was] the nature of the person. I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document.”
Trump’s early morning mini rant, which also included praise to FOX News on their handling of the Comey hearing, hit back at Comey’s testimony while also branding the private citizen a “leaker.” It’s a narrative that Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz is also pushing.
“It is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications,” Kasowitz said during Thursday’s press conference. “Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of the leakers.”
But Trump and team may not have a case. As pointed out by many, Comey’s memos may not be considered “classified” information.
You can find more on Comey’s hearing, here.