Former FBI Director James Comey’s Private Memos on President Trump Conversations Contained Classified Material
IMAGINE THAT, FBI DIRECTOR COMELY BROKE THE VERY RULES HE WAS CHARGED TO INVESTIGATE HILLARY CLINTON … BOY SCOUT, EH?
From The Hill comes the following bombshell that should be filling up today’s news cycle if we had a fair and balanced media. According to interviews with officials familiar with the documents, former FBI director James Comey’s private memos he wrote regarding conversations he had with President Donald Trump have been determined to contain classified information. According to The Daily Caller, four of the documents have been marked by the FBI as containing information classified as both “Confidential” and “Secret.”
More than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.
This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election.
Comey testified last month he considered the memos to be personal documents and that he shared at least one of them with a Columbia University lawyer friend. He asked that lawyer to leak information from one memo to the news media in hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia case after Comey was fired as FBI director.
But when the seven memos Comey wrote regarding his nine conversations with Trump about Russia earlier this year were shown to Congress in recent days, the FBI claimed all were, in fact, deemed to be government documents.
While the Comey memos have been previously reported, this is the first time there has been a number connected to the amount of the memos the ex-FBI chief wrote.
Four of the memos had markings making clear they contained information classified at the “secret” or “confidential” level, according to officials directly familiar with the matter.
Oh the irony and maybe we can begin to understand why Comey took the position he did with regards to Hillary Clinton’s private email server and emails. Maybe Comey does the same thing. It certainly appears that he did when it comes to meetings he had with Donald Trump. Just how many more CYA memos does he have just like this that would only have seen the light of day if he needed to play a “trump” card?
It is not clear whether Comey as director signed the same agreement as his agents, but the contract is considered the official policy of the bureau. It was also unclear when the documents were shown to Congress whether the information deemed “secret” or “confidential” was classified at the time Comey wrote the memos or determined so afterwards, the sources said.
Congressional investigators had already begun examining whether Comey’s creation, storage and sharing of the memos violated FBI rules, but the revelation that four of the seven memos included some sort of classified information opens a new door of inquiry into whether classified information was mishandled, improperly stored or improperly shared.
Ironically, that was the same issue the FBI investigated in 2015-16 under Comey about Clinton’s private email server, where as secretary of State she and top aides moved classified information through insecure channels.