The Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding that Daniel Richman, a Columbia Law School professor and friend of former FBI Director James Comey, turn over copies of official memos he leaked the to press last month.
In a letter released Friday, the Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and several other committee members said the memos are “relevant to the Judiciary Committee’s ongoing investigative efforts.”:
“Mr. Comey’s memoranda are relevant to the Judiciary Committee’s ongoing investigative efforts. Mr. Comey himself has encouraged you to release them.”
During his testimony on Thursday, Comey revealed that he gave his memos, detailing his interactions with Mr. Trump, to Richman in the hopes that they would lead to the appointment of a special counsel.
That revelation led Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) to ask Comey if he could turn those memos over to the committee.
“It’s a good question,” Comey replied. “I think so, I guess, I can’t say for sure sitting here. I guess I don’t know, but I think so.”
Comey replied that he could “potentially” hand over the memos.
The Judiciary Committee gave Richman a deadline of Friday to hand over the memos.