George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley said former FBI Director James Comey likely knew he would not be allowed to publicize his leaked memos.
Comey indirectly leaked memos - about conversations with President Trump - to Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman, who sent them to the press on his behalf.
Richman could not be found at his Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. home and has "gone into hiding," according to the New York Post.
"People are treating [the memos] like it's a diary entry. He wrote this on an FBI computer about a pending sensitive investigation," Turley said.
Turley said that FBI protocol dictates that in order to publicize the memos, Comey would have had to get permission from the Justice Department.
He added that if he, as a lawyer, would want to get the memos through a FOIA request, the FBI would have refused.
"I think that Comey probably knew that," he said.
"This was really tarnishing of his reputation," Turley said.
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