Comey taps former US attorney as personal lawyer
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Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFive memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House Five memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House Under Trump, our democracy is for sale MORE has hired his close friend and former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as one of his personal lawyers.

Two Capitol Hill sources confirmed to Talking Points Memo that Comey had retained Fitzgerald, though it was not immediately clear in what capacity he made the hire.

“He’s been representing me since I was fired,” Comey told the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday evening at a reception in Washington, D.C., for his new memoir. 

Comey said Fitzgerald is part of a three-member legal team that includes David Kelley, a former deputy U.S. attorney under Comey in New York, and former federal prosecutor Dan Richman, a Columbia Law School professor.

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Fitzgerald, who has known Comey for decades, declined to comment to Talking Points Memo for its report, but a spokeswoman confirmed to the Sun-Times that he "has been part of Mr. Comey’s legal team since May 2017."

Comey told the newspaper that the legal team helps him with "all the things you might need to talk to counsel about once you’re fired." 

News of the extent of Comey's personal legal team comes days after the Justice Department announced an investigation into whether Comey leaked information now considered to be “confidential” when he shared with a friend some memos about his interactions with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE.

Fitzgerald also served as the special counsel in the investigation into I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, as authorized by Comey, who was deputy attorney general at the time.

Trump earlier this month pardoned Libby, who was convicted of of perjury and obstruction of justice following the disclosure of the identity of former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame.

Fitzgerald is reportedly the godfather of one of Comey’s children.

Updated: 8:52 p.m.