Just when we thought it’s over with former FBI Director Comey and his scandals all over our news, he manages to climb once again back to the headlines. And this time, these revelations could really be bad for him.
As we all know, during his testimony before Congress, James Comey admitted that he had kept private notes about his meeting with President Trump. Also under oath, he admitted that he himself had leaked these notes and memos.
According to The Hill, these memos and notes by Comey may have contained classified intelligence, which means that former FBI director Comey possibly violated his oath of office:
“More than half of the memos former FBI chief 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.
Trump wasted no time in weighing in on the bombshell:
James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly condemned Hillary Clinton for in the final days of the 2016 presidential election.
James Comey testified last month he considered the memos to be personal documents and that he shared at least one of them with a Columbia University lawyer friend. He asked that lawyer to leak information from one memo to the news media in hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia case after Comey was fired as FBI director.”
It’s obvious that Comey admitted he had leaked the memos only to grease the rails for the appointment of a special counsel to look into the Trump-Russia elections tampering angle. Former FBI director Comey testified he believed his memos and notes were personal property and therefore even if they included some classified intel that wouldn’t count:
“So you didn’t consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document?,” Sen. Roy Blunt asked Comey on June 8th. “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.”
…He added, “My view was that the content of those unclassified, memorialization of those conversations was my recollection recorded.”
But when the seven memos Comey wrote regarding his nine conversations with Trump about Russia earlier this year were shown to Congress in recent days, the FBI claimed all were, in fact, deemed to be government documents.”
The FBI has explained to Congress that all of Comey’s memos were and are government documents and that at least four of the memos “had markings making clear they contained information classified at the ‘secret’ or ‘confidential’ level.”
This is most likely going to put Comey in violation of his employment contract with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.