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Comey faces bar membership challenge over alleged leak memos

President Donald Trump's supporters are planning an extensive campaign to refute James Comey’s upcoming book tour. A website aimed at the former FBI director, “Lying Comey,” is offering digital advertising and talking points for Republicans. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former FBI Director James Comey is facing a challenge to his New York bar membership for allegedly leaking memos that detail his interactions with President Donald Trump, The Washington Times reports.

What happened?

Attorney Ty Clevenger wrote the New York lawyers’ disciplinary committee on Friday, saying that if Comey leaked classified information, it should boost the case against him, according to The Washington Times.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) earlier this week revealed that Comey allegedly wrote seven memos about his interactions with Trump. The government believes at least four of the memos may contain classified information. Additionally, Comey is accused of leaking at least four memos to a friend who is a law professor.

Grassley contents that it’s likely at least one of the memos Comey leaked to his friend had classified information.

Clevenger maintains that Comey’s actions go against New York bar rules that prohibit attorneys from “illegal conduct that adversely reflects on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer,” The Washington Times reported.

Clevenger wrote: “If Mr. Comey deliberately leaked the documents, his breach of duty was analogous to willful breach of client confidentiality, and that reflects adversely on his ‘honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer.’”

Were other complaints filed?

Clevenger has also complained to the bar about Hillary Clinton and her top lawyers, over the handling of her “secret emails.” He alleges that also breached standards for lawyers.

In October, Clevenger complained to the New York bar that Comey had lied to Congress and destroyed potential evidence. The complaint came after the FBI confirmed Comey protected Hillary Clinton from prosecution via a letter that exonerated her months before the bureau finished its investigation.

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