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Comey Friend Responds to Trump Tweet About 'Illegal' Leaks

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    Former FBI Director James Comey says after his firing the Trump Administration chose to defame him and the FBI

    (Published Thursday, June 8, 2017)

    President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Monday morning to accuse former FBI director James Comey of leaking classified information to the news media. No evidence has surfaced supporting the charge. 

    As NBC News reports, a source close to Comey has pushed back against Trump's allegations. Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman, who received some of the memos and shared part of one with reporters, says the part he shared did not contain classified information. 

    At issue is a report from The Hill stating that more than half of the memos Comey wrote about his conversations with Trump were determined to contain classified material. The story did not assert that Comey shared classified information with the media. 

    Three of Comey's memos were classified from the beginning, and were never shared with Richman, the professor told NBC News. Of the remaining four, a small portion — much less than half — has been retroactively deemed classified, said a Congressional source familiar with the matter.

    The Hill report appeared to prompt a tweet from Trump, saying what Comey had done was "so illegal."