Comey violated FBI policy in handling of memos detailing interactions with Trump, inspector general finds

  
Via:  cms5  •  3 weeks ago  •  28 comments

Comey violated FBI policy in handling of memos detailing interactions with Trump, inspector general finds
The report is the second time Inspector General Michael Horowitz has criticized Comey for how he handled FBI business during his abbreviated tenure in charge of the bureau.

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© J. Scott Applewhite/AP Former FBI Director James B. Comey in 2018.

Former FBI Director James B. Comey violated FBI policies in how he handled memos that detailed his controversial interactions with President Trump, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog found in a report released Thursday, both in engineering the release of their contents to the press and storing them at his home without telling the FBI.

The inspector general found that the memos — which described, among other things, how Trump had pressed Comey for loyalty and asked him about letting go an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn — were official records, and as such, Comey’s treatment of them broke the rules.

The former FBI director gave one of the memos — which included information the inspector general called “sensitive,” but unclassified — to a friend and authorized him to share its contents. He also stored four of the documents in a safe in his personal home and provided copies to his personal attorneys without FBI authorization, the inspector general found.

One of those memos shared with the attorneys was later determined to contain information, such as the names of foreign countries being discussed by Trump, that was classified as confidential, the lowest level of secrecy, the inspector general wrote.

On Twitter, Comey noted that the inspector general found “no evidence” that he or his attorneys released any classified information to the media.

“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,” he wrote. “And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me 'going to jail’ or being a ‘liar and a leaker’ — ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president.”

The report is the second time Inspector General Michael Horowitz has criticized Comey for how he handled FBI business during his abbreviated tenure in charge of the bureau. Last summer, Horowitz lambasted Comey for his leadership of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, accusing him of insubordination and flouting Justice Department policies in deciding only he had the authority and credibility to make key decisions on the case and speak about it publicly.

The inspector general wrote that its office gave its findings to the Justice Department to determine if Comey had committed a crime, and officials declined to prosecute the case. But that Comey had in his possession material that was later deemed classified and shared it with his lawyers is sure to rankle conservatives and liberals alike.

It was Comey, after all, who said Clinton and her aides were “extremely careless” in their handling of classified information. Many Clinton supporters say the FBI’s investigation into that matter — and Comey’s revelation on the eve of the election that the closed cased was resuming — cost her the presidency.

Comey’s handling of the memos has long been a source of controversy — particularly among conservatives upset over how the release of their contents affected the Trump presidency. Comey wrote seven in total, the inspector general wrote, documenting a series of meetings with Trump in early 2017, just before he was fired.

Those meetings would become a critical focus of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into whether Trump had sought to obstruct justice. The memos detailed how the president had pressed Comey for “loyalty” and asked he if could let go the Flynn investigation.

The New York Times made some of their contents public on May 11, 2017, publishing a story about how — at a private dinner — Trump asked him for the loyalty pledge. Comey would later admit he had engineered the release of that information through a friend, Columbia Law School Professor Daniel Richman, who had served as a special government employee at the FBI while Comey was director.

Comey left three of the seven memos he wrote at the FBI, believing some of them contained classified information, the inspector general wrote. He kept original copies of four in a personal safe at his home, and gave copies of those to his attorneys after Trump fired him from the FBI, the inspector general wrote.

Of those memos that he gave to his attorneys, two had classified information — though Comey redacted the material from one of them, the inspector general wrote. The other, the inspector general wrote, had six words the FBI determined to be confidential. The memo shared with Richman was determined to be “For Official Use Only,” but did not contain classified information, the inspector general wrote.

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cms5
1  seeder  cms5    3 weeks ago

Well, looks like Comey wasn't exactly exonerated here.

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1  WallyW  replied to  cms5 @1    3 weeks ago

Sleazy Comey's questionable reputation is forever tarnished.

Do we need scummy POS like Comey, Mueller, McCabe et al.....

to be at highest levels of law enforcement??

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Dismayed Patriot
1.1.1  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  WallyW @1.1    3 weeks ago
Do we need scummy POS like Comey, Mueller, McCabe et al.....

or anyone who dare provide oversight for this corrupt conservative Republican establishment? How dare they!

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1.2  WallyW  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @1.1.1    3 weeks ago

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cms5
2  seeder  cms5    3 weeks ago

Here's a copy of the report .

 
 
 
Tessylo
3  Tessylo    3 weeks ago

They need to fire his ass.

Oh, wait . . . 

 
 
 
It Is ME
3.1  It Is ME  replied to  Tessylo @3    3 weeks ago
They need to fire his ass.

Said Democrats …. Like.... Forever …. until they didn't ! jrSmiley_25_smiley_image.gif

Trump obliged their request ANYWAY ! jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Sunshine
3.1.1  Sunshine  replied to  It Is ME @3.1    3 weeks ago
Trump obliged their request ANYWAY !

The TDS crowd wailed about that for days.  

 
 
 
It Is ME
3.1.2  It Is ME  replied to  Sunshine @3.1.1    3 weeks ago
The TDS crowd wailed about that for days.

Kinda lets one know that Liberals are all talk and no action.

They were just pissed they didn't get to fire Comey FIRST !

I think they call that ……………… "CRAZY" !

 
 
 
Tessylo
3.1.3  Tessylo  replied to  It Is ME @3.1    3 weeks ago

jrSmiley_78_smiley_image.gifSome don't get sarcasm so good 

 
 
 
It Is ME
3.1.4  It Is ME  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.3    3 weeks ago
Some don't get sarcasm so good 

I know …... RIGHT ? jrSmiley_97_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Texan1211
3.1.5  Texan1211  replied to  It Is ME @3.1.4    3 weeks ago

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cms5
3.2  seeder  cms5  replied to  Tessylo @3    3 weeks ago

He certainly won't be getting his job back.

 
 
 
Split Personality
3.2.1  Split Personality  replied to  cms5 @3.2    3 weeks ago

Not under this Administration.  But time will tell. 

At 58 he still has a few decades of employment possibilities left in him.

 
 
 
It Is ME
3.2.2  It Is ME  replied to  Split Personality @3.2.1    3 weeks ago
At 58 he still has a few decades of employment possibilities left in him.

Like Colin Kaepernick did ? jrSmiley_40_smiley_image.gif

Guess his talents were really in "Big Corp." funded commercials ! Lizzy "Take your hard earned bucks" Warren and Bernie "Socialist" Sanders should be pissed !

 
 
 
Sunshine
3.2.3  Sunshine  replied to  Split Personality @3.2.1    3 weeks ago
At 58 he still has a few decades of employment possibilities left in him.

Seems he has a "Higher Loyalty" these days.  Doubt anyone could trust the man with information.  The USA sure couldn't.

 
 
 
Tessylo
3.2.4  Tessylo  replied to  cms5 @3.2    3 weeks ago

'He certainly won't be getting his job back.'

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WallyW
3.2.5  WallyW  replied to  Split Personality @3.2.1    3 weeks ago

Not as a lawyer,  or in law enforcement

 
 
 
Split Personality
3.2.6  Split Personality  replied to  WallyW @3.2.5    3 weeks ago

Doubtful that he will take another position that is less prominent than Director FBI,

but he is still a lawyer in good standing nationally and there is nothing to prevent him acting as one presently.

The attempt to disbar Comey in New York by Texas lawyer Ty Clevinger has gone nowhere since October 2017,

but hey, Benghazi, Benghazi, etc.  Clevinger is reportedly a Texan, living there or in Maryland or Brooklyn depending on the source.

Clevinger is also trying to get Loretta Lynch disbarred, along with Eric Holder and three of Hillary Clinton's ex-lawyers.

He has a blog you may want to follow, http://lawflog.com/

 
 
 
WallyW
3.2.7  WallyW  replied to  Split Personality @3.2.6    3 weeks ago

Anyone that's a fan and supporter of Comey and his ilk should be ashamed.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
3.2.8  Ozzwald  replied to  WallyW @3.2.7    3 weeks ago
Anyone that's a fan and supporter of Comey and his ilk should be ashamed.

Anyone???

 
 
 
Ronin2
4  Ronin2    3 weeks ago
“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,” he wrote. “And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me 'going to jail’ or being a ‘liar and a leaker’ — ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president.”

"Let him eat cake." jrSmiley_96_smiley_image.png

That is all the apology he deserves.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
4.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Ronin2 @4    3 weeks ago

The report details him leaking and then he says he was  defamed as a leaker.

What a loon.

 
 
 
JBB
5  JBB    3 weeks ago

This Is Fake News! Despite what Trump and his sycophantic rightwing spin artists are saying, and by Donald Trump's own standards, James Comey was "Completely Exhonerated" by the inspector General's Report. Comey did not break the law. He will not be charged or prosecuted. Case Closed...

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
5.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  JBB @5    3 weeks ago

So you, and apparently every other liberal now believe Trump was completely exonerated.

Nice to know.

 
 
 
JBB
5.1.1  JBB  replied to  Sean Treacy @5.1    3 weeks ago

Nope! The Inspector General's Report determined Comey broke no laws and that he should neither be charged or prosecuted. Whereas Robert Mueller's conclusion was that Trump did break laws and that he would be and should be charged and prosecuted were he not POTUS... 

 
 
 
Texan1211
5.2  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @5    3 weeks ago
This Is Fake News!

What evidence and FACTS do you have that would support your theory?

 
 
 
cms5
5.3  seeder  cms5  replied to  JBB @5    3 weeks ago

Read the report. It's linked here @2.

In the report's conclusion:

We have previously faulted Comey for acting unilaterally and inconsistent with Department policy. Comey's unauthorized disclosure of sensitive law enforcement information about the Flynn Investigation merits similar criticism. In a country built on the rule of law, it is of utmost importance that all FBI employees adhere to Department and FBI policies, particularly when confronted by what appear to be extraordinary circumstances or compelling personal convictions. 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. What was not permitted was the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive investigative information, obtained during the course of FBI employment, in order to achieve a personally desired outcome.
The OIG has provided this report to the FBI and to the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility for action they deem appropriate.

As the Director of the FBI, he had certain responsibilities to uphold the law. He failed. He's no better than any hotdog cop out there.

 
 
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