Since last week’s Justice Department report was released, liberals have been lying and saying that the report proves that fired FBI Director James Comey did not leak classified info. But, in fact, he did and the report itself actually proves it.
Last week the Department of Justice released its first report on Comey’s actions in the early days of the Trump presidency.
The report concluded that Comey violated FBI policy by hiding the secret memos that he made of his private meetings with President Trump. But the report also noted that the DOJ did not plan to prosecute Comey over the findings.
At that, the left (and Comey himself) began screaming that the fired FBI director was exonerated and that he did not release any classified material.
But this is simply a lie.
Per Byron York at the Washington Examiner, Comey absolutely did leak classified information. “It is right there in the report,” York wrote.
“It wasn’t much classified information, and it was perhaps not terribly important, and Justice Department officials concluded it was not worth prosecuting. But Comey leaked classified material,” York wrote.
“Comey implicitly recognized as much even as he claimed vindication,” York said, adding:
But the portion of the report Comey highlighted said he did not release classified information to members of the media. That’s true; Comey, through his friend and lawyer Daniel Richman, leaked sensitive but unclassified law enforcement material to the media. But it’s also true that Comey leaked classified information to his lawyers. Comey gave classified information to people who were not authorized to receive it.
Comey wrote seven memos about his interactions with Trump. In June 2017, the month after Comey was fired, the FBI checked the memos to see if any contained classified information. From the report: “The FBI determined that Memos 1 and 3 contained information classified at the ‘SECRET’ level, and that Memos 2 and 7 contained small amounts of information classified at the ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ level. The FBI designated Memos 4, 5, and 6 as unclassified ‘For Official Use Only.'”
York then explained:
The problem for Comey was Memo 2, which he sent to Richman and to Comey’s two other lawyers, Patrick Fitzgerald and David Kelley. Of the memos Comey shared with his attorneys, Memo 2 contained six words that the FBI determined in June 2017 to be classified at the ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ level,” the inspector general report said. In a footnote, the report added: “Four of the six words in Memo 2 that the FBI determined were classified were the names of foreign countries being discussed by the president….The president referenced the countries when he conveyed his personal views on the relative importance of promptly returning telephone calls from the leadership of the named countries.”
York added that the FBI went to extreme lengths to delete the contents of Memo 2 from various devices owned by the lawyers. If it wasn’t classified, they would not have gone to all that trouble.
“But the fact is, they were classified,” York noted, “and Comey sent them to unauthorized recipients, and after the FBI learned about it, the bureau took steps to clean up what it called a ‘spill’ of classified material.”
It is utterly inescapable that Comey leaked classified material to unauthorized people and then lied about it.
Why the government is not prosecuting him for this is anyone’s guess.
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