Marc Kasowitz, outside counsel for President Donald Trump, in a statement Thursday accused former FBI Director James Comey of making “unauthorized disclosures” to the media about his conversations with the president.
In response to Comey’s testimony Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Kasowitz said the former FBI director confirmed that Trump was neither under investigation in the bureau’s probe into Russian interference in the election nor did he seek to impede that investigation.
Kasowitz also pointed to Comey’s disclosure that he asked a friend to leak the contents of a memo he wrote regarding his conversations with Trump to a reporter.
“Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the President,” Kasowitz said, adding:
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. We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated.
Kasowitz said that “it is now established” that the president was not under investigation or trying to thwart an investigation.
“The President feels completely vindicated and is eager to continue moving forward with his agenda with this public cloud removed,” he added.
Kasowitz read the prepared statement at a news conference but took no questions.
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Comey's testimony continued Thursday afternoon in closed session with the Senate Intelligence Committee.