The Senate Judiciary Committee is fingering former FBI Director James Comey taking four FBI internal memos at least one of which was classified and allegedly leaking them to the NY Times through his friend Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman.
From Biz Pac Review:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is today raising questions about when the memos memorializing interactions between former FBI Director James Comey and President Trump were classified and the chain of custody for the classified memos.
After a review of the seven memoranda created by former Director Comey, it is now clear that four are marked classified at various levels of sensitivity. Former Director Comey reportedly provided copies of four memos to Columbia Law School Professor Daniel Richman. If true, that would mean at least one disclosed memo contained information now-marked classified.
In his letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Grassley asks about the chain of custody of the memos, when they were marked classified and by whom. Grassley also asks what steps the Justice Department has taken to determine if any classified information was provided to Professor Richman and whether such a disclosure violated department rules or policy.
So why would Comey have leaked information?
After he was fired, he said he was trying to precipitate the appointment of a Special Counsel, which in fact he managed to do.
And more clearly, beyond that effort to put a more favorable gloss on it, it would appear he wanted to get back at Trump for firing him.
Because if he really cared about propriety or the law, he wouldn’t leak FBI internal memos which is ethically wrong and violates departmental rules, and he wouldn’t have allegedly leaked classified information, which could potentially be a felony.
That wasn’t the only questionable action on the part of Comey or his FBI team.
Comey improperly assumed the prosecutorial role, deciding whether Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted or not. It wasn’t his decision to make. Attorney General Loretta Lynch hadn’t formally recused herself. Yet even had she done so, then the decision would fall to her second, to her deputy, not to Comey.
It was also discovered in the public statement that he made about Clinton that evidence of a crime and language denoting her as ‘grossly negligent,’ which had been in his speech, was removed by subordinates.
From The Hill:
Ex-FBI Director James Comey’s original statement closing out the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server was edited by subordinates to remove five separate references to terms like “grossly negligent” and to delete mention of evidence supporting felony and misdemeanor violations, according to copies of the full document.
Comey also originally concluded that it was “reasonably likely” that Clinton’s nonsecure private server was accessed or hacked by hostile actors, though there was no evidence to prove it. But that passage was also changed to the much weaker “possible,” the memos show.
110 classified items were found to have gone through Hillary Clinton’s unsecured email server. And that may not be counting more items found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
“The edits to Director Comey’s public statement, made months prior to the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s conduct, had a significant impact on the FBI’s public evaluation of the implications of her actions,” Johnson wrote, noting recently released text messages show some senior FBI officials involved in the case harbored political hatred for Donald Trump or preference for Clinton.
“This effort, seen in light of the personal animus toward then-candidate Trump by senior agents leading the Clinton investigation and their apparent desire to create an ‘insurance policy’ against Mr. Trump’s election, raise profound questions about the FBI’s role and possible interference in the 2016 presidential election,” Johnson wrote.
Ironically this may be mean that Comey gets investigated for leaking classified information in his quest to apparently get back at Trump.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]