LONGTIME LEAKER? Team Trump accuses Comey of being media’s secret source

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Summary: ” Though Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3 he’d never been — or directed an additional FBI official to be — an unnamed anonymous source for news reports about the Trump, and Hillary Clinton investigations, the then-FBI chief didn’t deny orchestrating leaks using for instance, an old personal friend who works at Columbia University or providing the information to a wide enough group to ensure it would leak. President Trump’s legal team might be prepared to demonstrate a trail of leaks to The New York Times by foregoing FBI Director James Comey – dating back to at least March – in a pair of complaints set to be filed to the Justice Department inspector general, and Senate Judiciary Committee, a source close to the team told Fox News. Trump’s request that Comey remain on allegedly occurred during such time Jan. 6 – Comey, in written testimony, said he briefed then-President-elect Trump while the two men were alone in Trump Tower on this date. March 5 – Several “senior American officials, and senior FBI officials” tell The Times that Comey argued that Trump’s surveillance claim was false and had to be publicly corrected, even going, accordingly far as to ask the question DOJ to push back on the allegation. May 10 – Richman is quoted in a Times story about Comey, and foreshadows the alleged request, for loyalty Trump made out of Comey: “With a president who seems to prize personal loyalty above all else and a director with absolute commitment to the Constitution and pursuing investigations wherever the evidence led, a collision was bound to happen.” May 11 – In the afternoon, Trump gives an interview to Lester Holt in which Trump calls Comey a “showboat.” Later that night, The New York Times publishes details of an alleged dinner meeting between Trump and Comey in which Trump “demanded loyalty” and Comey demurred. March 1 – A DOJ official confirms to The Times that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a pair of conversations with Russian official Sergey Kislyak despite Sessions’ Jan. An independent Fox News go over of The New York Times’ reporting dating back to January reveals a host of stories sourced from top FBI, and DOJ officials –, or those privy to their conversations – that, either paint Comey in a positive light or push a message he was unable to I personally disclose. One of the reasons, for this arrangement, Comey wrote, was because he was staying on as FBI director – though no official announcement had been made about this, and subsequent reports point to Trump didn’t ask the question Comey about remaining in his capacity till this meeting took place. 10, The Times has published confidential information related to Trump, and the FBI, mostly sourced anonymously from senior officials in the FBI and DOJ: Jan. 24 – Though Trump hadn’t made an official announcement, The Times reports Comey would be staying on as FBI director. 10 – The Times reports on the Comey/Trump dossier meeting, citing “2 officials with knowledge of the briefing.” More inside-the-FBI information also exists in the article, including when the FBI first of all became aware of the dossier, and the troubles agents had confirming the document’s details. 24 – Following a CNN report about contacts between Trump associates, and Russia, The Times reports (the exact same exact day) that both Comey and Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe allegedly called White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to assure him the CNN report was false. A “senior law enforcement official from the Obama Administration” tells The Times that Trump’s claim is “100 percent untrue.” Schmidt contributed to this article. That day, the story about Comey’s alleged memos of the Trump meetings is reported in a New York Times story.”

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