No doubt if you’re like me, the name Daniel Richman doesn’t immediately ring a bell.
In fact, the name has only come-up again recently because of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) — filed by a firm called Action Institute on behalf of the media outlet The Daily Caller News Foundation.
For those still not familiar with the name, he’s the mysterious individual that former FBI Director James Comey used as a go-between in leaking out private memos detailing Comey’s interactions with the President.
After the President fired Comey on May 9th for mishandling a number of investigations, along with official misconduct and improper behavior befitting an FBI Director, Comey decided to take revenge against Trump and leaked those private memos claiming that the President instructed him to shut down the investigation against the President’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
However, Comey wanted to us a surrogate rather than directly leak the memos to the media, deciding on his good friend for over 30-years Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman, who willingly obliged.
Richman after receiving the memos from Comey leaked them to the New York Times, which in turn published them on May 16th raising questions about potential obstruction of justice by the President and setting off a call by Democrats for an investigation by a special counsel, the rest, as they say, is “history.”
That is until now, regarding why the FBI initially decided not to go after Professor Richman, though at the time to be a civilian leaking classified information to the media.
However there’s another hidden side to Professor Richman that the FBI was desperate to keep secret, nevertheless thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, The Daily Caller News Foundation along with Cause of Action Institute have just won a lawsuit against the FBI, informing the agency that they must comply and begin releasing records regarding a “special government employee” named Professor Daniel Richman, who has apparently been on the payroll along with his good friend Former FBI Director James Comey.
“The FBI has worked very hard to keep James Comey and Daniel Richman’s dealings free from public scrutiny,” said DCNF editor in chief Christopher Bedford. “Now, we might finally learn the truth about Comey’s ‘good friend’ Richman and just what Comey had him working on.”
Fox News revealed that Professor Richman had “special government employee” status with the Bureau, where he worked on special projects at Comey’s behest. However, those special projects were being stonewalled by the agency, thus the lawsuit.
The DCNF filed an FOIA request for “all records, documents, and communications about Daniel Richman, a special government employee hired by former FBI Director James Comey” shortly after the Fox report in April 2018.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rejected the FBI’s motion on Friday, setting the stage for them to begin providing documents within one month.
Judge Kollar-Kotelly ruled, “The court finds that the FBI has not shown exceptional circumstances or made sufficient progress in reducing its backlog to warrant an Open America stay.”
After the ruling one of the plaintiff’s weighted in stating, “This is a significant victory not just for The Daily Caller News Foundation, but for all members of the transparency community who want to hold the FBI accountable,” said Cause of Action’s Eric Bolinder. “The FBI picked the path of obstructing records transparency by misapplying the Open America standard. Thankfully, that now has to stop.”
Adding “This important precedent signals that the courts will not tolerate the federal government’s attempts to stall FOIA requests to circumvent transparency measures.”
No one knows yet for sure, how involved Richman was to the phony Russian Collusion hoax, if at all. However, within the next month or so that answer may finally be revealed, and another piece of the FBI puzzle will be complete.