Comey: I Took Trump Tweet On 'Tapes' As A Direction To Leak My Memos To Press

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Former FBI director James Comey weighs in on his decision to leak documentation of his conversations with the president to the media:

SEN. SUSAN COLLINS: And finally, did you show copies of your memos to anyone outside of the Department of Justice?

COMEY: Yes.

COLLINS: And to whom did you show copies?

JAMES COMEY: The president tweeted on the Friday after I got fired that 'I better hope there's not tapes.' I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night, because it didn't dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation. There might a tape. My judgement was, I need to get that out into the public square. So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. I didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons. I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel. I asked a close friend to do it.

QUESTION: Was that Mr. Wittes?

COMEY: No... It was a close friend who is a professor at Colombia Law School.

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