The Columbia law professor James Comey used as a go-between last year to leak the contents of sensitive memos to the media confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that he previously worked as a “special government employee” (SGE) for Comey’s FBI on an unpaid basis.
The professor, Daniel Richman, confirmed the special status in response to an inquiry from Fox News, while referring other questions, including on the scope of his work, to the FBI.
“I did indeed have SGE status with the Bureau (for no pay),” Richman wrote in an email.
So, if he had special access why did he make the media rounds and not state he had that or that he was comey’s attorney?
He was allowed to offer his “professional” opinion to sway the narrative of the Clinton investigation and the appointment of mueller….
If he was SGE, he’s just as much at fault for leaking as Comey now!
He portrayed himself as comey’s adviser……UNETHICAL at best
Questions that needs answers ASAP:
1. When did Richman get SGE status
2. When was Richman hired as comey’s attorney
3. What cases did Richman have access to
4. What was/is his clearance
5. Does he still have SGE status
Dan Richman had previously told the media after Comey was fired that Donald Trump fired “somebody unwilling to pledge absolute loyalty to him,” according to ABC News.
About a month later, Comey would reveal that Trump did indeed tell him that he expects his loyalty.
Richman also said when Comey was fired that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote the letter recommending Comey’s firing, was being taken advantage of by the Trump administration.
“Rod Rosenstein is a useful patsy,” Richman told Politico. “If you have principles and you think you’re being used, you resign.”
Dan Richman has said that James Comey has always tried to be apolitical and fair to both sides.
Special Government Employees
Advisory Committee Members
SUMMARY OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS RULES FOR SPECIAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
17 CFR 200.735-12 – Special Government employees.
(b) In no event will the Commission waive a provision of the Conduct Regulation which would permit a special Government employee to:
(1) Use his or her Government employment for a purpose that is, or gives the appearance of being, motivated by the desire for private gain for himself or another person, particularly one with whom he or she has family, business, or financial ties.
(2) Use inside information obtained as a result of his or her Government employment for private gain for himself or herself or another person either by direct action on his or her part or by counsel, recommendation, or suggestion to another person, particularly one with whom he or she has family, business, or financial ties.
For purposes of this paragraph, inside information means information obtained under Government authority which has not become part of the body of public information.
Kasowitz went on to claim that the timeline Comey laid out for orchestrating the leak was inaccurate.
Though Comey claimed he decided to put the leak in motion on the evening of May 15, the Times was quoting from the memo as early as May 11 — the day before Trump’s tweet.
The May 11 story and the May 16 story are both written by Schmidt, though the sourcing may well be different.
While Richman’s portfolio included the use of encrypted communications by terror suspects, the sources said Richman also was sent talking points about the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Those talking points attempted to compare and contrast Clinton’s use of an unsecured personal server exclusively for government business with the case of retired Gen.David Petraeus, who shared classified information with his biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell, as well as the case brought against the late Sandy Berger.
Ethic rules for SGE….
Am I subject to the Standards of Conduct to the same extent as regular Government employees?
Yes, but . . . . As a general matter, the Standards of Conduct apply equally to SGEs as they do to any other federal employee. However, there are some important exceptions to the restrictions that apply to SGEs that we’ll discuss below.
What are the restrictions on my outside activities?
Teaching, speaking, writing – SGEs working less than 60 days a year can teach, speak, or write for compensation on any topic, including federal sector labor relations, except for a particular, specific Panel matter the Member is working on. SGEs working 60 days or more a year are prohibited from teaching, speaking or writing on matters relating to your duties but not prohibited as to federal labor relations in general.
NOTE – SGEs cannot, in outside activities, use non-public information derived as a result of Panel work.
Representing persons before the federal government (18 U.S.C. §§ 203, 205) – Generally, you may do so, except for specific matters you have worked on at the Panel. But, if you have worked 60 or more days during the immediately preceding 365-day period, then you may not perform representational activities regarding any matter pending before FSIP. Regular employees are subject to much more significant restrictions on representational activities before the federal government.
What are the restrictions on my life after FSIP?(He’s Comey’s attorney)
There are several restrictions: (A) a lifetime ban on representing others in connection with the same particular matter involving specific parties in which you participated personally and substantially at the Panel; (B) a two-year ban on representing others in connection with the same particular matter involving specific parties that was pending under your official responsibility during your last year at the Panel; and (C) a one-year “cooling off” period prohibiting senior employees from representing anyone before the Panel for one year after terminating your position – applies only if you served for 60 or more days during your last year at the Panel.
So Comey, under oath, never disclosed he was a “special” govt. employee
When did he get that status?
Comey testified that he asked “a good friend of mine who’s a professor at Columbia Law School” to provide the contents of a memo to an unnamed reporter.
He didn’t identify Richman to the committee.
Comey added that because his writings were unclassified he felt he could share them but didn’t want to do it personally with the media.
“I was worried it would be like feeding seagulls at the beach,” he told senators.
His (Richman) bio also lists him as an adviser to Comey and says his “scholarly writings include more than 30 law review articles.
He has offered testimony as an expert in a number of congressional hearings, and state, federal, and international criminal and civil matters.”
Comey covered all his bases, Richman worked for him at fbi and is his attorney……
Comey ‘Friend’ Who Leaked FBI Memos Now Claims To Be His Attorney
A friend of former FBI director James Comey who leaked sensitive FBI memos to The New York Times in the wake of Comey’s firing in 2017 now claims to be Comey’s personal attorney. Daniel Richman, a law professor at Columbia University, told The Federalist via phone on Tuesday afternoon that he was now personally representing Comey.
Reached by phone on Tuesday, Richman refused to say when his legal representation of Comey began or whether he was personally representing Comey when the former FBI director testified before Congress in June 2017 about his deliberate leaking of the FBI records.
The specific timing of the attorney-client relationship is important, because it may shield conversations between Comey and Richman regarding the coordinated leak of FBI records to the media from law enforcement scrutiny.
Richman’s legal work on behalf of Comey was not known before today, as Comey testified before Congress in 2017 that Richman was merely a friend.
Comey being questioned on leak
The Columbia professor who helped James Comey leak a memo about President Trump has handed all of his other materials to the FBI.
“The bureau made the request and I voluntarily agreed,” Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman told the Daily News.
In this video Richman, who is commenting on opening up the Clinton case right before elections, clearly STATES at around 3:15 mark
I, as a citizen am only speculating …….
From new findings, Richman was involved as a special govt. employee and did work on the Clinton emails yet he’s on national news proclaiming to be just a citizen
This video on reopening the Clinton investigation has Richman as current adviser to Comey.
This dude was going around as friend and advisor to media outlets along having “special govt. access and supposedly comeys personal attorney
Skip to the 7:00 mark for Richman
Unreal, these interviews better bury Richman and Comey!
Richman even says obama was wrong to lash out at Comey, lol
Richman and the Southern Distrcit of NY where the Cohen case is….
The professor is a former federal prosecutor and served as chief appellate attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where Comey also worked.
He has also been a consultant to the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury.
All while he is supposedly his attorney and SGE……
Richman has shown up in the Times’s reporting on Comey before.
In an April 22, 2017 piece on how Comey tried to keep politics out of the FBI’s work, Richman defended his friend. “Jim sees his role as apolitical and independent,” he told the Times.
In a November 1, 2016 story about Comey’s much-derided decision to inform Congress — and the public — about a new inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails, Richman again sided with Comey.
“Those arguing that the director should have remained silent until the new emails could be reviewed — even if that process lasted, or was delayed, until after the election — give too little thought to the governing that needs to happen after November,” he stated.