Fired FBI Director James Comey has reportedly hired a very big named attorney with a historic link to defend him. According to Law & Crime, Comey has hired former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to serve on his legal team.
Not only are they longtime friends and allies, Fitzgerald has a stellar resume and many years of experience handling major cases for the federal government. They are also connected to Scooter Libby, who worked in former President George W Bush‘s administration. But, the move begs the question, if he has such a ‘higher loyalty,’ why does he need a lawyer?
When Comey was the Deputy Attorney General under the Bush administration, he appointed Fitzgerald as the special counsel to investigate Libby, who allegedly leaked classified information. President Donald Trump pardoned Libby last week, saying the charges against him were abhorrent and grossly inadequate given the evidence brought against him.
Some claim Comey added Fitzgerald to his legal team in case that the former director is called as a witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation, but others have an entirely different theory.
Last week, the Department of Justice released five memos that were written by Comey to document private conversations he had with Trump when he was leading the bureau. The DOJ revealed at least two of the memos he leaked to the media were classified, meaning Comey broke the law.
Comey leaked the contents of his memos to a friend last year after he was fired. Comey testified that he instructed his friend to give the memos to The New York Times, who then published a piece implying Trump isn’t fit for office and may be obstructing justice.
His decision to add Fitzgerald, a top lawyer who has handled some of the biggest cases for the federal government, speaks volumes about how worried Comey appears to be, following the DOJ report.
Leaking classified information, as Comey admitted doing, is a felony per count. Leaking two classified memos to the media could result in serious jail time if the DOJ has the backbone to hold him accountable.
And given that Comey hasn’t officially been charged with any crimes (yet), it’s incredibly telling that he hired Fitzgerald around the same time the DOJ launched an investigation into his illegal actions.
Comey may have been an awful, no-good, spineless, and politically-motivated FBI director, but he knows leaking classified information is against the law, and his decision to hire Fitzgerald signals how worried he is about what might happen next.