NY Times Sues FBI to Get Notes of Comey-Trump Talks

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The New York Times has gone to court to try to get copies of documents created by fired FBI director James Comey after his conversations with President Donald Trump.

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  • Jeffrey f. cohen, esq.

    The New York Times should not be allowed to obtain Mr. Comey‘s notes of his communications. This would violate the presidential communications privilege. See, United States v. Nixon (94 S.Ct. 3090, 1974); ACLU v. U.S. Dept. of Justice (15 Civ. 1954 (CM) (2016)). In fact, by revealing private memos detailing his conversations with President Donald Trump to Daniel Richman who then leaked them to the public, Mr Comey, as well as Mr. Richman, violated their ethical and moral duties as attorneys at law. Their public revelations amounted to conduct unbecoming a member of the Bar (See, In re Payne, 707 F.3d 195, 211-212 (2d Cir. 2013)), and they should be soundly disciplined by their respective State Bars as well as by the Federal Bar for their egregious violation of the presidential communications privilege.

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