“…[I] asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter,” Comey said during his testimony today. ”I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought it might prompt the appointment of a special counsel, so I asked a close friend of mine to do it.”
According to the New York Post, Richman confirmed by e-mail to several reporters that he was the “good friend” and law-school prof who Comey slipped the documents to. Richman then, according to the Post, hightailed it out of his tony Brooklyn Heights home and refused to answer any more questions.
Richman is the Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, according to the school's website.JUST IN: Columbia U professor Dan Richman confirms to @washingtonpost he was the friend Comey asked to share info about his mtg w/ Trump.— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) June 8, 2017
He is a former federal prosecutor who served as chief appellate attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, and has served as a consultant to the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury on federal criminal matters.