Famed law professor Alan Dershowitz denounced former FBI director James Comey for leaking memos he recorded of private conversations he had with President Donald Trump. Dershowitz said that Comey had "demeaned" the FBI by giving the memos to a friend and law professor who in turn leaked them to the New York Times. "This is a man without courage," Dershowitz said on Monday in an interview on "Fox & Friends."
Arguing that Comey should have confronted the president when Trump allegedly called on him to cease the FBI probe into Michael Flynn, the erstwhile national security adviser, Dershowitz said, "Instead, he leaked it." In 2017, Comey admitted that he gave his memos to Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman to be leaked to NYT. Admitting the leak to federal officials, Comey said, "I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter—I thought that might prompt the appointment of special counsel.”
While Richman has since said that none of the four memos he received from Comey were marked as classified, The Hill reported that "more than half" of the memos written were "determined to contain classified information.
Dershowitz said, "When [Comey] was in the presence of the president, he showed no courage." As director of the nation’s leading law enforcement agency, Comey should have looked Trump in the eyes and said, “You’re wrong,” Dershowitz said.
On Sunday night, ABC News released an interview show host George Stephanopoulos had with Comey. On Tuesday, Comey’s tell-all book, “A Higher Loyalty,” will be released. Some commentators contends that the book, and Comey’s interviews, have provided no revelations. Last week, Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace called Comey’s book “bitchy,” while CNN political analyst David Gregory said on Monday morning, “I don’t think Jim Comey came off well at all. I think yet again he is obsessed with his standing, his media standing, his kind of political standing.” In the Washington Post, Aaron Blake said that the former FBI director is a “too imperfect a figure — one overly concerned with appearances, politics and ego…vindictive and even petty.”
Speaking to Stephanopoulos, Comey said that Trump is “morally unfit” to serve as president. He said he did not know whether Russia has information that would compromise Trump. But he was defensive about his public criticisms of then-candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, yet refusing to recommend prosecuting her for any crimes.
Early in the program, he remarked on Trump’s skin color, the length of his tie (“too long”) and recalled thinking Trump was shorter than he expected upon first meeting him.
Over the weekend, President Trump slammed “Slippery James Comey” in a tweet, who he described as “a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!” On Monday, Trump tweeted, “Comey drafted the Crooked Hillary exoneration long before he talked to her (lied in Congress to Senator G), then based his decisions on her poll numbers. Disgruntled, he, McCabe, and the others, committed many crimes!”