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Report: DOJ Won’t Prosecute James Comey For Leaking Classified Memos To Friend

Comey department justice FBI DOJ midterms oversight trumpThe Justice Department declined prosecution of James Comey after the agency’s internal watchdog found that the former FBI director gave memos containing classified information to a friend, according to news reports.

Comey wrote at least nine memos following conversations he had with President Trump. Shortly after Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017, he provided some of his memos to Daniel Richman, a Columbia law professor, with instructions to share some of the information with The New York Times.

According to Fox News, the FBI determined that two memos that Comey gave Richman contained information classified at the “confidential” level. Richman previously told Fox News that he received four memos from Comey. The classification determination was made retroactively, a designation that likely helped Comey in the investigation.

The Hill was the first to report that the Justice Department had declined prosecution of Comey.

One government official told Fox News that the decision “wasn’t a close call.”

“Everyone at the DOJ involved in the decision said it wasn’t a close call,” a Justice Department official told Fox News. “They all thought this could not be prosecuted.”

Comey testified on June 7, 2017 that his goal in giving documents to Richman was to prompt the appointment of a special counsel to take over the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government. The maneuver worked, as Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel on May 17, 2017.

The Times published a story on May 16, 2017, alleging that Trump asked Comey during a Feb. 14, 2017 meeting in the Oval Office to go easy on Michael Flynn, who had been fired as national security adviser a day earlier for lying about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general, confirmed during a June 18, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that Comey was under investigation for mishandling classified information.

Comey has disputed the characterization that he was a “leaker.” He has also denied giving classified documents to Richman, who is now a member of Comey’s legal team.

The FBI has released some of Comey’s memos in response to public records lawsuits. The documents show that parts of at least three memos and one email that Comey sent within the FBI contained classified information. An email that Comey sent to other FBI officials on Jan. 7, 2017 recounting a now-infamous briefing he gave Trump at Trump Tower contained information that is now considered classified.

One redaction of classified information appears to be a reference to Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the anti-Trump dossier. Comey briefed Trump on some of Steele’s dossier allegations.

Comey’s memo following his meeting with Trump discussing Flynn does not have classified information.

Reprinted with permission from - Conservative Daily News - by Chuck Ross

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BajaRon

It is no longer the Department of Justice. It is simply the department of collusion. Where power, influence and a particular political agenda are enforced when possible. Redacted and hidden away when the light of day is shined upon it. Filed under ‘We’ll be back!’

The swamp has many cesspools. Each with its own peculiar environment and despicable creatures.

PaulE

Considering that James Comey himself has admitted multiple times on air that he leaked the stolen, classified memos to his “buddy” a college Professor at Columbia for the sole purpose of creating the Special Counsel investigation of President Trump, this should have been a slam-dunk case for DOJ. I’ve heard all the spin from the various talking heads paraded out on FOX and elsewhere, that claim DOJ is not interested in “low-hanging fruit” and they are all waiting for something more substantial from the other reports, but lets all just agree to call this is what it really is. Just another example of persons, who have held senior positions in the political class, especially those that have served the interests of Democrat administrations or the Democrat Party in general being essentially above the law that pertains to the rest of us. If it was any other lower ranking individual in… Read more »

C. Williamson

More of the double standard of justice in this country

Charles Plumery

Why does the obedience of the law only apply to the great””unwashed” and not to the upperclass and their minions.

Phyl W

Politicians and company are more interested in impeaching President Trump without cause than they are prosecuting people who have lied under oath and committed other crimes. The double standard is killing America.

Suzanne Koenig

I have every confidence in Attorney General Barr. He will charge Comey when he has a case that will stick. The FISA case is the one is stronger and is more likely to stand prosecution. He wants to win to bring justice to all. I am not an attorney with his experience and expertise. Hang on and give the process time time to play out.

Flat Foot

Disgusting and frustrating.

Stephen Russell

Add to later charges then prosecute, more coming out then they Have 2 prosecute eventually

Angus

We know a little while God knows all. Be still and wait.

Judith

This is WRONG, to not prosecute Comey! REALLY. So the democrats can use personal accounts for classified documents, give away our country, spending taxes payers money like it was a never ending commodity, and now even the FBI/DOJ are being allowed to walk scott free! This entire democratic mess is appalling and ANYONE turning a blind eye should be prosecuted with CNN (clinton news network), both clintons (can anyone count the number of people they have murdered or had murdered), pelosi, comey , mueller on and on and on and on! And they have the nerve to point to PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP give us tax payers a break! How many of those who said “if he wins i’m leaving the country “ have actually left? Oh, I know NONE!!! And, they haven’t turned down the financial gains they have received from the excellent work of the Trump administration!!! SOMETHING NEEDS… Read more »

Rick J.

This is just the beginning, everyone should be patient. More serious charges with far greater penalties are
in Comeys’ future.

andy j hajik

He lied under oath a few times

Martin

Amazing, Liberals never get prosecuted . This is what emboldens them. Never any reprocusions for their actions. Just like Antifa!

Rick

I am really tired of the double standard of our justice system. Justice is supposed to be blind, right? If someone has broken the law, hold them accountable.

Jack Muckey

How did Comey get above the law? He did so much wrong he should be held for treason.

Charles Breedlove

You don’t prosecute a murderer for jay walking — give it time. I believe we will eventually know the full extent of his wrong doing and he will be appropriately prosecuted along with many others….

Anna Petrocelli

I have no comments regarding the department of justice decision not to persecute Comey. What most Americans will never forget, however, is his double talk in order to protect Hillary…. In other words, Mr. Comey will never be trusted as far as I know. He ridiculed the Office of The FBI in a manner that was shameful for all those who spend their lives protecting the RIGHT from WRONG. And, I know, that he will never be forgiven for his lies, no matter how many books he writes from here on out.

Veteran

This is an outrage! A blatant violation of the law by the Department of “Justice” giving a man a pass who was sworn to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution and all our laws as one of our country’s highest law enforcement officers. Comey betrayed the trust he was afforded and had no excuse that he didn’t know the law, although that would have never mattered to him going after Joe Average Citizen, and the DOJ is just hoping the average citizen is too dumb and trusting their “higher authority.” Time for President Trump to fire the whole lot of them a la Ronald Reagan during the air traffic controller strike. The civil servants of this government are beginning to think they are all above the law and it’s o.k. to cover for each other because they deem themselves to be our overlords, i.e. the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the Hillary… Read more »

Wayne D Peterkin

Let us stop pretending. If we are all really equal under the law and Comey or anyone else broke the law, even if their names are Clinton, they should be prosecuted just like you or I would be were we to break the same law. This shouldn’t be hard to understand. It ain’t rocket science. Equality under the law and blind justice demands the very same adherence to the law of everyone or the law means very little. One can only imagine if it were President Trump instead of Comey here! He would be impeached and prosecuted!

Sharon

Here we go again! Money talks and prosecution for wrong doing goes free. Add a few more to this list. Past presidents, secretaries of state, lawyers, tax evaders that have not been brought to justice for more than 10 years, but let the commom citizens do anything, they would be fined, jailed and families devastated. Let military do their jobs in war, punishment comes to them because commanding officers rank high and save their lives by destroying others. All comes down to money. Blood on their hands, accountable to no one, because might hurt someones feelings. Sick of this means to get what they want no matter who gets hurt on the way. Now same thing with college students fake way to get in college and fake way to gain grants to be in another city or state from residents of family. Great role models, so now they just come… Read more »