The Department's Justice Inspector General released a report Thursday asserting that James Comey the former director of the FBI on Thursday handling of memos documenting private conversations with President Donald Trump in the weeks before he was fired broke FBI procedures and policies.
By James DiGeorgia
The watchdog's office of the Justice Department said today the Comey the former director of the FBI broke the bureau’s rules by giving one memo containing unclassified information to a friend with instructions to share the contents with a reporter. The Inspector General also found that Comey also failed to notify the FBI after President Trump fired him on May 2017 that he had kept some of the memos in a safe at home.
Despite the breaking of FBI rules and procedures the inspector general also concluded that none of the information shared with the reporter was classified, and the Department Justice has already decided not to prosecute Comey over the matter.
The Inspector-General did not find any fault with Comey’s writing the memos in question between January 2017 and April 2017; documenting the conversations with President Trump that Comey found unnerving or unusual. These include a conversation at dinner at which Comey documented Comey’s claim that Trump asked him to pledge his loyalty to him, and again at a private Oval Office meeting weeks later when Comey documented the President asking him to drop an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
James Comey was fired one week later to let Michael Flynn off the firing line. Comey provided a copy of the memo about Flynn to Dan Richman, his lawyer, and a friend, and instructed him to share the contents of it with a specific reporter from The New York Times. This handing over of the memo is what is regarded as a violation of the bureau’s rules.
James Comey has testified in front of Congress and during many press interviews that he wanted to make details of the conversation public in hopes of triggering the appointment of a special counsel to lead the FBI's investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Comey was very concerned about the possibility of a cover-up by President based on the president’s history of lying and modifying facts. The Deputy Attorney General appointed Former FBI Director Robert Mueller special counsel one day after the story about Trump’s illegal requests broke.
Despite James Comey’s concerns about a cover-up taking place, the inspector general's office found Comey's rationale lacking justification for leaking his memos...
"Comey had several other lawful options available to him to advocate for the appointment of a Special Counsel, which he told us was his goal in making the disclosure," the report says. "What was not permitted was the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive investigative information, obtained during the course of FBI employment, to achieve a personally desired outcome."
James Comey said on Twitter that the inspector general found no evidence that he or his lawyers had ever shared any classified information with the news media, something President Trump accused him of repeatedly…
"I don't need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a "sorry we lied about you" would be nice,"