President Donald Trump again took aim at former FBI director James Comey on Sunday morning, suggesting in a tweet that Comey might have secretly released even more information to the public than he has already admitted to doing.
“I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!'” Trump said in a tweet sent from his personal account, @realDonaldTrump.
In sworn testimony before Congress on Thursday, Comey said that he instructed a friend to give a reporter details about what he remembers the president said in private conversations about the FBI’s investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The details came from meticulous notes that Comey compiled after each of the encounters, and Comey said he did not pass along any classified information. Comey said he wanted the information to become public “because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel” in the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and he did not share it himself because that could prompt reporters to camp out near his home, hoping to get even more information.
This admission has prompted waves of criticism, especially from conservative pundits, the president and his allies, who were already skeptical of Comey. But legal experts say that what Comey did does not appear to be illegal, as prosecutors can press charges only against those who share information that’s classified or related to national security.
Trump’s tweet about Comey was one in a series Sunday morning. He also lashed out at the media for not reporting on “the great economic news since Election Day” and called Democrats “obstructionists” with no plan. The president is at his private golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey., this weekend and largely stayed off Twitter until Sunday morning. His staff will not say what he has been doing this weekend.
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