Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said she was left "stunned" at yesterday's Senate hearing when former FBI Director James Comey testified that he leaked his private memos to the press. 

Collins was questioning Comey when he revealed that he shared the contents of memos about his conversations with President Trump with a friend to pass on to the New York Times.

"I must admit that I was stunned by Mr. Comey's answer," she said. 

Collins said she "assumed" there was a high-ranking official within the FBI who accessed the memos, but "never would have guessed" that Comey himself would leak the memos. 


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She said she's "surprised" by his decision and that the leak had the result Comey intended by prompting a special counsel to be appointed in the Russia investigation. 

Collins said Comey could have given his memos to a Senate committee, rather than leaking them to the media.

"He chose instead, a surprising route for someone who understandably has railed against others who have disclosed government documents," she said.

Collins said she believes Comey is an "honorable" man with integrity, but added he has made some "real errors in judgment," with this being the latest. 

The senator said she believes the memos are government documents, rather than being considered to be Comey's "private papers."

Watch the full interview above.


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