First, Comey admitted that he leaked the content of a memo detailing a private conversation with Trump, to the media through a friend and intermediary, Columbia law professor Daniel Richman. Comey hoped the media coverage of the memo would catalyze the appointment of a special counsel. The AJC summarizes Comey's damning remarks:
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Dismissed FBI director James Comey admitted during congressional testimony Thursday that he orchestrated the leak last month of a memo that detailed private conversations he had with President Donald Trump.
The memo was cited May 16 in a New York Times article that revealed Comey felt Trump pressured him to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Flynn was forced to resign in February, 24 days into his appointment, after it was revealed that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
Comey said he decided to share his memo through another party after Trump wrote days after Comey’s abrupt dismissal that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.