Nobody on Capitol Hill really believes former FBI Director James Comey used his friend, Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman, to leak information to the media only once, and he never disclosed that Richman had FBI access, Rep. Jim Jordan said Thursday.
"My guess is, it happened lots of times," the Ohio Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."
"James Comey never told Congress that he wasn't just leaking this information through a friend to The New York Times. This friend was a special government employee [who] had access to the FBI. We presume he had full clearance, so he didn't disclose that."
Further, Comey likely used Richman to leak information "lots of times," said Jordan, and "we don't know if there was classified information in what they leaked."
"We don't know the answer to that, but a leak is a leak," the congressman said. "A leak is when you take information and give it to the press."
Comey insisted during a CNN Town Hall at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia that he did not leak the information to Richman, who ended up turning it over to The New York Times days after President Donald Trump fired Comey in May 2017.
"I didn't leak memos," Comey said. "I asked a friend to communicate the substance of one...I was a private citizen and not an FBI employee."
"I was no longer an employee because I had within fired a few days before," Jordan said. "Say what you want; he didn't fully disclose."
Richman on Tuesday confirmed to Fox News that he had been working for Comey's FBI, on an unpaid basis, as a "special government employee" (SGE).
"I did indeed have SGE status with the Bureau (for no pay)," Richman wrote to Fox in an email.
"The only way we learned about Daniel Richman having this special government employee status at the FBI is when we deposed Jim Rybicki, James Comey's chief of staff, in December," said Jordan. "That's where the staff on the Oversight Committee learned that he, in fact, had this special status at the FBI and was, in fact, an employee."
Comey also said during the town hall that he was "embarrassed and ashamed" at how the Republican Party has abandoned its values, a sentiment that Jordan called ridiculous.
"The American people are so fed up with these two standards, one standard for us regular folk and different standards if your name is Clinton, Comey, Loretta Lynch, [Lois] Lerner," said Jordan. "This is what should concern Mr. Comey. He has been fired. [former Deputy FBI Director] Andrew McCabe has been fired for lying four times, three times under oath. Jim Baker, former chief counsel has been demoted and reassigned at the FBI. Peter Strzok, deputy head of counter intelligence. Lisa page, FBI counsel, demoted and reassigned. These are the top people at the FBI. That's what he should be concerned about."
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