Robert Mueller was first appointed as Special Counsel for the investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russia after former FBI Director James Comey leaked a memo about his conversation with Donald Trump to the media. Now, the same friend who helped Comey with the leak is representing him during the investigation.
After the infamous Comey Memo was written about in The New York Times, it was confirmed that Comey’s friend, Columbia University Law Professor Daniel Richman played the role of middle man, delivering the goods to the newspaper, who then reported the details. Now, a BuzzFeed News report says that Comey himself was questioned by the Special Counsel’s office, and Richman is one of the attorneys representing Comey in the matter.
Richman said that he and the rest of Comey’s team would not comment on the former FBI Director’s meeting with Mueller’s office.
When Comey testified before Congress last June, he said that he had a friend of his who worked at Columbia Law School give the contents of his memo to a reporter. That friend was later confirmed to be Richman, who has been friends with Comey for 30 years. They also worked together at the school in research roles.
Richman also previously served as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, and he was a consultant to both the Justice Department and the Department of the Treasury dealing with federal crimes. His official bio on Columbia’s website also says that he is an adviser to Comey.
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