By Garth Kant
WASHINGTON – The leak of the infamous Comey memo to the press might severely boomerang on the former FBI director, according to legal experts.
Democrats are hoping newly appointed special prosecutor Robert Mueller will find President Trump committed obstruction of justice by allegedly telling former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.
Those hopes are based on a New York Times report that Comey drafted a memo after a meeting with Trump in February that said the president had asked the director to “let this go,” in reference to the Flynn investigation.
Everything hangs on the accuracy of that account, but a number of factors put its credibility into question.
Former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and President Trump
First of all, no one at the Times has seen the memo to verify that it actually exists. By the paper’s own admission, the story comes entirely from unidentified, second-hand sources. The Times claimed “one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of” the alleged memo to a reporter, presumably over the phone.
One of the other peculiarities of that story is that, according to a Washington Post story in January, the FBI had already cleared Flynn in December of any wrongdoing in phone conversations he had with the Russian ambassador after the election.
But, the conversation Comey had with Trump that supposedly produced the memo occurred in February, well after the FBI cleared Flynn.
In fact, the meeting occurred on Feb. 14, the very day after Trump had fired Flynn.
Another oddity is that Comey testified before Congress on May 3, that the Trump administration had not attempted to interfere with the FBI’s investigation into whether the Russian government meddled in the 2016 presidential election. (See video above.)