Former-FBI Director James Comey’s leaking of the ‘Flynn’ memo has now come under official scrutiny by the Trump administration.
The Department of Justice recently announced that the leak FBI Director James Comey committed is equal to that of Wikileaks, suggesting that Mr. Comey’s actions regarding the “Flynn” memo he leaked are comparable in both scope and severity to that of a significant security compromise, according to Judicial Watch.
After Mr. Comey was fired by President Trump on May 9th, 2017, the former-FBI Director gave the New York Times a memo written about several one-on-one conversations he had with President Trump concerning his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, a move that many experts suspect wasn’t legal.
The Justice Department asserts that significant portions of the Comey memo contained classified material. “We now have the Justice Department confirmation that Comey was wrong to have leaked records to the media to settle a score with President Trump,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, who added that the DOJ should release the memos so that the public could better understand the scope of Comey’s “vendetta” against the President.
Mr. Comey testified under oath that he authored nine such memos regarding his conversation with the President. He admitted, during his testimony, “I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter [for The New York Times] … I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.” The next day after the memo was published, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate possible Russian interference in the election.
“Mr. Mueller may have an interest in protecting Comey, but the public’s interest demands transparency about Comey’s vendetta against President Trump,” wrote Judicial Watch.
According to Fox News, a source close to the former FBI director said that his Senate testimony was “closely coordinated” with Robert Mueller, adding that the two were in contact. Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano commented, “It would be unheard of for a prosecutor to allow his star witness to testify before Congress without heavy coordination.”
Judicial Watch also mentioned that if Mr. Comey was indeed coordinating his Senate testimony with the Special Counsel’s office, it would amount to a drastic scandal – especially since he “may have violated the law in leaking these memos.”
Mr. Comey initially claimed that the documents he released were unclassified, saying in his Senate hearing, “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.” However, The Hill reports that the FBI claimed that all of the Comey memos were, in fact, deemed to be classified government documents.
All FBI agents are required to sign an employment agreement that outlines “all information acquired by me in connection with my official duties with the FBI and all official material to which I have access remain the property of the United States of America” and that an agent “will not reveal, by any means, any information or material from or related to FBI files or any other information acquired by virtue of my official employment to any unauthorized recipient without prior official written authorization by the FBI.” Although it’s not clear whether Mr. Comey signed the same agreement as his agents, the document is considered official policy in the Bureau.
The DOJ claims Comey’s leaks to the press are comparable to the Wikileaks debacle. Were Comey’s leaks as bad as the information leaked by Wikileaks?
This is not the only case where the former FBI Director violated protocol in favor of politics. Last month, the Bureau released documents that proved Mr. Comey had begun drafting a letter exonerating Hillary Clinton in the email investigation months before conducting key interviews, including that of Mrs. Clinton herself.
The public deserves to know the truth regarding Mr. Comey’s actions, and to what degree they violated not only FBI protocol, but the law as well.