Trump blasts Comey as a ‘leaker’ in first tweet since testimony
By Yaron Steinbuch
New York Post
President Trump ended his Twitter silence on Friday, branding ousted FBI director James Comey a “leaker,” who vindicated him when he testified that the commander-in-chief was not personally being investigated as part of the probe of Russian interference in last year’s election.
“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” he wrote.
The message was the Trump’s first since Wednesday – a day before Comey’s testimony before the Senate intelligence committee that riveted the nation.
Comey admitted to the committee that he decided to ask “close friend” Columbia law school professor Daniel Richman to leak contents of his notes detailing discussions with Trump to a reporter, in the hopes that it would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to probe the administration.
“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, so I asked a close friend of mine to do it,” he testified.
The former top G-Man said the leak was spurred by an ominous sounding Trump tweet. “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted on May 12.
“I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night, because it didn’t dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation, there might be a tape,” Comey said.