There have always been problems with former FBI Director Jim Comey’s activities during the Trump administration. Much of what he did during this portion of his directorship seems weasel-y at best, and possibly criminal in the worst light.
He acted against President Trump based solely on his “gut” feelings that the President was what the media had made him out to be, not based on evidence that he had personally seen. He acted differently than he did with President Obama, arguing that he thought Trump might do some of the things that conservatives argue Obama actually did. (Crack down on the 1st Amendment, illegally target private citizens, illegally use the intelligence community to undermine political adversaries, and more.) The final straw, the real proof that Comey had become a cog in the Washington machine and was acting as partisan as every other corrupt swamp-dweller, was his decision to leak his own memos to the New York Times.
At the time, many questioned whether Comey had the right to do so. According to longstanding FBI tradition (and government regulation) the Director’s memos are not his own, and in fact belong to the FBI as product of the agency’s efforts. Comey, ignored this and argued that the memos were his own private property. During a Senate hearing back in June, Comey responded to Senator Roy Blount (R-MO) on this subject.
“So you didn’t consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document?” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked Comey on June 8. “You considered it to be, somehow, your own personal document that you could share to the media as you wanted through a friend?”
“Correct,” Comey answered. “I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president. As a private citizen, I thought it important to get it out.”
Comey was wrong, the memos were not his own private property (you can see the arguments explaining why – here, here, here, and here). Something he has tacitly admitted to since the hearings because he quickly turned them back over to the FBI, where the memos now reside in perpetuity.
But wait, it gets worse.
In the same hearing Comey also told the Senators that he believed his memos contained no classified information.
He was wrong.
The Hill has learned that more than half of the memos leaked by Comey actually DID contain classified material.
More than half of the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.
This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election…
Four of the memos had markings making clear they contained information classified at the secret or confidential level, according to officials directly familiar with the matter.
A spokesman for the FBI on Sunday declined to comment.
FBI policy forbids any agent from releasing classified information or any information from ongoing investigations or sensitive operations without prior written permission, and it mandates that all records created during official duties are considered to be government property.
So the question is… is Hillary Clinton laughing? A follow up to that… when will Comey go to prison for leaking classified information? (He probably won’t.) But it does continue to prove the injustice inherent within the D.C. swamp. When a whistleblower leaks the illegal activities of the government he is forced to go on the run (Edward Snowden), but when a leaker leaks classified information for partisan political purposes… nothing happens. That doesn’t seem right, fair, or just.
By the way… the President agrees with me.
James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017