Comey Bombshell: FBI Director's Leaked Trump Memos Contained Classified Information

Tyler Durden's picture

Amid the constant media outrage over everything Trump, Trump, Trump, some might have forgotten that in the political rollercoaster over the past 12 months, there were numerous other high-profile individuals involved, including not only former DOJ head Loretta Lynch, whose every interaction with the Clinton campaign is about to be probed under a Congressional microscope, but the man who some say started it all: former FBI Director James Comey.

First loved by the Democrats when he personally absolved Hillary Clinton of any sins regarding her (ab)use of her personal email server, then furiously loathed when he reopened the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton one week before the election, then finally getting into a feud with President Trump which cost his him job, Comey ultimately admitted to leaking at least one memo which contained personal recollections of his conversations with the president, in hopes of launching a special probe into the president's alleged Russian collusion. 

There was just one problem: according to a blockbuster report from The Hill, in addition to the leaked memos, Comey also leaked classified information in gross and direct violation of FBI rules and regulations. And just like that Comey finds himself in trouble. Only not just any trouble, but the virtually same trouble that Hillary Clinton was in in the summer of 2016... and which James Comey was tasked to investigate.

We'll repeat the above because it bears repeating: in the purest definition of irony, James Comey is about to be investigated for the exact same thing which he absolved Hillary Clinton of doing last summer. Almost as if neither Comey nor Clinton were aware of - or willing to abide by - the security protocol of the agency they were in charge of.

Aside from once again confirming that Trump may have been right all along in his accusation of the ex-FBI chief's motives, this shocking revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules - by putting his own interests above those of his country - but far more grotesquely, ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election, in order to settle his vendetta with President Trump.

Amusingly, Comey's alleged flagrant disregard for FBI regulations would explain why he also found Clinton's email server transgressions to not be a material concern, contrary to what most Republicans claimed at the time. After all, if it was good - or rather not bad enough for Clinton, maybe it was the same with Comey's own abuse of confidential data? The only problem is that while Comey was generous enough to let Hillary go, now that the ex-FBI chief is facing the president of the US as his adversary, he may not be quite so lucky.

Upon hearing of Comey's alleged transgressions, the now former Chair of the House Oversight Committee said simply that "IF true, this is bombshell news."

Incidentally, the first to warn of Comey's imminent headaches, was Breitbart News, which on Friday reported that a new Senate report said recent leaks by former FBI Director James Comey’s leaking of memos could “potentially harm national security.” The report, released by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday, found that there were 125 separate leaks in President Trump’s first 126 days that were potentially damaging to national security. The report said it included Comey’s leaking of his memos after he was fired by Trump in May.

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Comey's troubles started when he testified under oath last month that he considered the memos he prepared to be personal documents and that he shared at least one of them with a Columbia University lawyer friend. As Comey later disclosed, 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.

The Hill recounts that particular exchange with Senator Roy Blunt:

“So you didn’t consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document?,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked Comey on June 8.  “You considered it to be, somehow, your own personal document that you could share to the media as you wanted through a friend?”

 

“Correct,” Comey answered. “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.”

Comey insisted in his testimony he believed his personal memos were unclassified, though he hinted one or two documents he created might have been contained classified information. “I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership,” he testified about the one memo he later leaked about former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Additionally, he added, “My view was that the content of those unclassified, memorialization of those conversations was my recollection recorded.”

That's when the problems escalated, because according to The Hill - which for the first time disclosed that the total number of memos linked to Comey's nine conversations with Trump - 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.

Oops.  As The Hill reveals, four, or more than half, of the seven memos had markings making clear they contained information classified at the “secret” or “confidential” level, according to officials directly familiar with the matter.

This is a major problem for Comey because FBI policy forbids any agent from releasing classified information or any information from ongoing investigations or sensitive operations without prior written permission, and mandates that all records created during official duties are considered to be government property.

“Unauthorized disclosure, misuse, or negligent handling of information contained in the files, electronic or paper, of the FBI or which I may acquire as an employee of the FBI could impair national security, place human life in jeopardy, result in the denial of due process, prevent the FBI from effectively discharging its responsibilities, or violate federal law,” states the agreement all FBI agents sign.

FBI policy further adds that “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.”

Comey indicated in his testimony the memos were in his possession when he left the bureau, leaving him in a position to leak one of them through his lawyer friend to the media. But he testified that he has since turned them over to Robert Mueller, a former FBI chief and now spearheading the investigation about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  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.

Meanwhile, Congressional investigators have 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.

Where things get especially ironic, is that this was the same issue the FBI - under Comey - investigated in 2015-16 about Clinton’s private email server, at the time the most sensitive and controversial issue of the Clinton campaign, where as secretary of State she and top aides moved classified information through insecure channels.

Ultimately, Comey concluded in July 2016 that Clinton’s email practices were reckless, but that he could not recommend prosecution because FBI agents had failed to find enough evidence that she intended to violate felony statutes prohibiting the transmission of classified information through insecure practices. While the news initially was loved by Democrats as it let Hillary get off scott-free from any potential criminal probe, Comey's subsequent decision to restart the FBI probe into Clinton's email server one week before the election is what eventually prompted both Hillary and John Podesta to claim that James Comey was one of the two factors that cost Clinton the presidency... along with the "Russian hacking" of course.

The only problem is that while there is yet no evidence of Russian hacking, suddenly with the factual emergence of Comey's transgression, questions may emerge not only into the ex-FBI chief's actions and motives, but whether the FBI's clearance of Clinton's use of an email server under Comey was proper after all...

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So what happens next? According to The Hill, congressional investigators are likely to turn their attention to the same issues to determine if Comey mishandled any classified information in his personal memos.

In order to make an assessment, congressional investigators will have to tackle key questions, such as:

  • Where and how were the memos were created, such as whether they were written on an insecure computer or notepad.
  • Where and how the memos were stored, such as inside his home, his briefcase or an insecure laptop.
  • Were any memos shown to private individuals without a security clearance and did those memos contain any classified information
  • When was it determined by the government that the memos contained classified information, before Comey took them and shared one or after.

One avenue for answering those questions is for a panel like Senate Intelligence, House Intelligence or Senate Judiciary to refer the matter to the Justice Department’s internal watchdog, the inspector general, or to the Director of National Intelligence and its inspector general. One thing is certain: the near-future will see many more of Comey's sworn Congressional testimonies, and the vendetta between Trump and Comey is about to not only be rekindled but escalate to previously unseen levels. For an appetizer of what's to come, look closely at Trump's twitter feed once the president learns the news of Comey's alleged transgressions.

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IridiumRebel's picture

But But But!!!!
Donald Trump Junior talked to a Russian!

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

String him up. 

There's nothing like a good keel-hauling to improve morale. 

 

wee-weed up's picture

Comey will "teflon" out of it - in typical Clinton fashion.

Troll Magnet's picture

Of course he will. He, like all of them, is above the law.

We, however, are not.

2000's picture

Yep. Ol' Turbo Tax Timmy pleads ignorance and pays taxes back. Mom and pop bridal store? Business liquidated at pennies on the dollar after a raid.

JLee2027's picture

If you don't bake that gay cake they come for you. 

ACP's picture

Sure Comey committed multiple felonies, but there was no intent...

 

This will make the rounds for a few more minutes, and then be buried as usual.

And of course, "Above the Law" Comey walks.

 

These assholes need to be Star Chambered.

luky luke's picture

The LONG ARM of Government is not made for highfalutin Government employees.

http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/the-long-arm-of-gover...

JethroBodien's picture

Nothing is going to happen.  Yawn.  Its all show.   They are all above the law.

jeff montanye's picture

it is especially telling that lindsay graham notes in another post that trump is the only person "he knows" who does not believe in russian meddling.  the zios have been vetting the u.s. government and media since at least the 1960's so graham may actually be telling the truth.

hey lindsay!!!!  i don't believe in russian meddling!!!!!

do you think he heard?  didn't think so.

AVmaster's picture

Leftards and Comey are all just a bunch of DANGEROUS fuckin morons, fuck em all...

jcaz's picture

Regardless of what happens to him in the end,  one fact that Comey has firmly established is that he is a MORON.

FrozenGoodz's picture

If you x out of a dozen ads you can read on mobile ... from what I gather were quoting the hill aand don't know what the classified (quotes needed) info was ... spooky

Tarzan's picture

Why would they "refer the matter to the Justice Department’s internal watchdog" and allow them to bury anything they find?

 

Comey loves Grand Juries.  I think we should accommodate him, with an open ended investigation of every aspect of this mans life.  Let a special prosecutor follow truth wherever it leads, BITCHEZ....

 

PT's picture

I plead The Hillary!

Son of Loki's picture

 

"Etiam in vincula eorum incurvatæ."

 

"Too crooked to jail," is the new DOJ motto.

jeff montanye's picture

and too crooked to actually police as well.  

the fbi has not investigated seth rich's murder, it says (https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=fbi+not+investigati...'s+murder&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8), even though he was a data analyst/manager at the dnc, was murdered between the announcement of the theft and its publication by wikileaks, and julian assange offered a reward for information about his murderer, something wikileaks has never done before or since.

in addition, the fbi (and the "special counsel" investigation led by another famous ex fbi head robert mueller) has not been able to look at the dnc's data server, the primary evidence of the original "russian meddling" of last summer during the election campaigns.  

so like "help police, i've been robbed, someone stole my teevee.  no you can't look inside my house.  i've already hired a private investigator and he says that the person who stole it was my neighbor down the street whose dog house (ukraine) i set on fire last year.  go get them now.  quickly."  

chiswickcat's picture

No need for dnc to hand over their server to FBI to establish Russian hacking, as all 250,000 security agencies have confirmed it.

JonNadler's picture

just sloppy and careless

mc888's picture

I'm getting really sick of the lawlessness of our Police State.

SoDamnMad's picture

Everyone of those police state members who wear a dark blue windbreaker with the letters F B I on them bear his shame.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Thank god something else happened to spur my indignant outrage, its been too long. My outrage at killery walking faded away, then rekindled itself after trump failed to go after her. Its been fading lately, but this outta rekindle it for a while, especially when comey walks, too.

 

In all seriousness, its pretty sad that not one person on here actually expects any kind of justice to be done. We are a banana republic, minus the bananas(we import those).

OverTheHedge's picture

This is interesting: if Comey is guilty, then the precedent is set, and Hilary is also guilty. But, if Hilary AND Comey are free to spread secret information about with impunity, then the precedent is also set,  and THERE ARE NO MORE SECRETS.

The third option would be
....?

Thom Paine's picture

It was an is up to Sessions to install a Grand Jury over Clinton - the FBI have  already done the work, and Comey set out case of clear law breaking - then decided because of 'lack of intent' that she wouldn't be found guilty, so didn't recommend prosecution - thus Lynch followed his recommendation. Howefver LACK of intent is not an out and is not in the law - Comey invented that excuse.

NOW Comey CANNOT claim lack of intent in his leaking - because Leaking IS Intent.  

Comey cannot use the same excuse he used for Clinton.

aurum4040's picture

Exactly. I think his head w roll. I see why people think otherwise no doubt but...I sense a slight turning a the tide, the Hill, actually does real reporting and crushes Comey? Unheard of. Tick tick tick. 

bluez's picture

This Comey fellow has a very, very complicated track record. Whenever I look at him, I see a man who is experiencing intense fear. The impression of mortal fear is really overwhelming. They got to him a long time ago, and I think he suffers from an extremely short life expectancy.

chiswickcat's picture

The pressure may get too much for him and he ends up shooting himself in the back of his head. Rather than drag other names into this 'matter'

Simplifiedfrisbee's picture

Now Faux is talking about a Democratic operative?!!! The meeting was prior to the Russian scandal.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Sovereign Immunity... unless there is a capital Crime

Simplifiedfrisbee's picture

The narrative is simple. Trumps administration refutes back with lies every time we get closer to the truth. You idiots will see soon.

Billy the Poet's picture

Trump is having a great week and so are all the folks who voted against World War III.

JethroBodien's picture

They are laughing at you and I.  Just watch.  Clinton will run again in 2020....

AtATrESICI's picture

Laws / rules are for plebs. Sadly nothing will come of it. I say hang-him...

secretargentman's picture

Upon hearing about the possibility of being raped while in prison, Comey was overheard muttering "Oh Lordy, I hope there are rapes..."

migra's picture

Comey will dime out the clinton crew to save his own ass. Comey my have an accident in the coming months, Clinton type accident.

wafm's picture

they will suicide him

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

Riiiight - a double-tap Arkancide!

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Comey will "teflon" out of it - in typical Clinton fashion.

"Lack of Intent" seemed to work before.

NoDecaf's picture

Comey Schomey

We got Russians to blame and rouge countries to nuke.
Long Live the USSA Empire!

fleur de lis's picture

Comey skates.

Count on it.

AtATrESICI's picture

He did not intend to be a pizza loving pole-smoking douchebag that is just his way. No reasonable prosecutor who has been taped fucking babies and children will ever bring a case. Sorry folks.

chunga's picture

Team red has majorities everywhere and will do nothing about this as usual.

The entire DOJ remains recused from all matters concerning law and law enforcement.

This is all a pathetic fraudulent joke. Every last bit of it.

 

Handful of Dust's picture

If only they could get Sessons off that respirator and out of his coma some law enforcement might take place.

Either half the Republicans are in coma also or simply corrupted.