At Least One Of The Four Comey Memos Passed To The New York Times Contained Classified Info

Back in May, the New York Times scored one of their biggest 'hits' to date on Trump when they secured 4 memos drafted by James Comey allegedly summarizing direct conversations with the President (we covered it here: Comey's Revenge: Leaks Memo To NYT Saying Trump Asked Him To End Flynn Investigation).  Among other things, the memos asserted that Trump directly asked Comey to end his investigation of Michael Flynn and to pledge "loyalty" to him.

Of course, as we all know by now, Comey did not pass his memos directly to the New York Times but instead used an intermediary, Columbia University Law School professor Daniel Richman.  Now, Richman told CNN in July that none of the memos he received were marked "classified" but, according to a new letter sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein yesterday by Chuck Grassley, that may not have been entirely accurate.

As Grassley notes, 4 of the 7 Comey memos that he reviewed at the FBI were "marked classified at the “SECRET” or “CONFIDENTIAL” levels."  Moreover, since Richman received 4 memos, simple mathematical realities would dictate that at least of them contained material that the FBI now considers classified.

My staff has since reviewed these memoranda in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) at the FBI, and I reviewed them in a SCIF at the Office of Senate Security.  The FBI insisted that these reviews take place in a SCIF because the majority of the memos are classified.  Of the seven memos, four are marked classified at the “SECRET” or “CONFIDENTIAL” levels.  Only three did not contain classified information.

According to press reports, Professor Daniel Richman of Columbia Law School stated that Mr. Comey provided him four of the seven memoranda and encouraged him to “detail [Comey’s] memos to the press.” If it’s true that Professor Richman had four of the seven memos, then in light of the fact that four of the seven memos the Committee reviewed are classified, it would appear that at least one memo the former FBI director gave Professor Richman contained classified information.  Professor Richman later read a portion of one of the memos to a New York Times reporter.

Comey

For those who missed it, here  is what Richman told CNN about the classification of the memos he shared with the New York Times:

According to CNN, Daniel Richman, with whom Comey shared at least one memo the contents of which Richman shared with New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt, said President Trump was wrong in accusing Comey of sharing classified information with journalists.

"No memo was given to me that was marked 'classified,'" Daniel Richman told CNN. "No memo was passed on to the Times."

Well, not quite: Richman did share the contents of one memo, he said, but "the substance of the memo passed on to the Times was not marked classified and to my knowledge remains unclassified."

As you may recall, during his June 2017 testimony Comey said he specifically wrote the memos to avoid including classified information to make them "easier to discuss."

"My thinking was, if I write it in such a way that I don't include anything that would trigger a classification, that'll make it easier for us to discuss, within the FBI and the government, and to -- to hold on to it in a way that makes it accessible to us," Comey told senators.

And here, as in the case of Hillary Clinton, is where the problem emerges, because what Comey considered not confidential - just like Clinton - has differed from others' opinion. In other words, whether he wrote or rewrote the memos to make the leak "easier" - which also begs the question what else was redacted or added to the original content - the confidential information remained...at least in the opinion of someone within the Department of Justice.

Of course, as we all know well by now, mishandling classified information and/or making false statements to the FBI is only a crime if you're a Republican and/or not part of the Deep State.

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Here is the full Chuck Grassley Letter to Rosenstein:

Dear Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein:
 
This Committee has previously written to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the memoranda that former Director Comey created purportedly memorializing his interactions with President Trump.[1]  My staff has since reviewed these memoranda in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) at the FBI, and I reviewed them in a SCIF at the Office of Senate Security.  The FBI insisted that these reviews take place in a SCIF because the majority of the memos are classified.  Of the seven memos, four are marked classified at the “SECRET” or “CONFIDENTIAL” levels.  Only three did not contain classified information.  FBI personnel refused to answer factual questions during the document reviews, including questions about the chain of custody of the documents I was reviewing, the date that they were marked classified, and who marked them as classified.

According to press reports, Professor Daniel Richman of Columbia Law School stated that Mr. Comey provided him four of the seven memoranda and encouraged him to “detail [Comey’s] memos to the press.”[2]  If it’s true that Professor Richman had four of the seven memos, then in light of the fact that four of the seven memos the Committee reviewed are classified, it would appear that at least one memo the former FBI director gave Professor Richman contained classified information.[3]  Professor Richman later read a portion of one of the memos to a New York Times reporter.[4]

When the Committee contacted Professor Richman seeking copies of the memos Mr. Comey had provided him, he refused to provide them, did not say how many he had received from Mr. Comey, and refused to say whether he retained copies.[5]  It is unclear whether any of the memos reviewed by the Committee were retrieved from Professor Richman.  The Committee has accordingly not determined which of the seven memos Mr. Comey provided him.  Professor Richman did tell Committee investigators that he was working with the Special Counsel’s Office, and he reportedly told the media that he had turned over to the FBI copies of the memos he’d received from Mr. Comey.[6]  If true, the Justice Department should know which memos were provided and be able to share that information with the Committee.

In order for the Committee to further assess this situation, please respond to the following in writing by no later than January 17, 2018:

  1. Has the Justice Department or FBI in fact determined that any of the memoranda Mr. Comey sent Professor Richman contained classified information?  If so, what steps were taken to retrieve and safeguard the information?
  2. Which of the seven memoranda the FBI made available for the Committee’s review did Mr. Comey give to Professor Richman?
    • When did Mr. Comey give Professor Richman the memoranda?
    • At the time that Professor Richman received the memoranda, were any marked as classified?
    • At the time that Professor Richman received the memoranda, did any contain classified information, regardless of markings?
    • Please explain the method by which Mr. Comey transmitted the memoranda to Professor Richman.  If the transmittal was electronic:
    • Please provide the account information that Mr. Comey and Mr. Richman used.
    • Please describe what steps the FBI has taken to recover all copies of any classified memoranda that might reside on computers, servers, or at other locations.
  3. Have you initiated an investigation into the matter of whether Mr. Comey improperly disclosed classified information by providing these memoranda to Professor Richman?  If so, what is the status of the investigation?  If not, why not?
  4. Has there been any review of whether the disclosure of the memoranda by Mr. Comey was otherwise improper, such as whether it violated his employment agreement or any Department rule or policy?  If so, what is the status of the review?  If not, why not?
  5. When did the FBI mark the four memoranda as classified, and who made the classification decision?
  6. As noted above, it has been reported that Professor Richman returned the memoranda to the FBI.[7]  If so, on what date did this occur?
  7. Did anyone from the FBI or Special Counsel’s Office discuss with Professor Richman this Committee’s request for copies of the memos?  If so, please provide all records related to any such communications.
  8. Does Professor Richman still have possession of any of the memoranda or copies?

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please contact Patrick Davis of my Committee staff at (202) 224-5225 if you have any questions.

Comments

IH8OBAMA DeadFred Thu, 01/04/2018 - 14:43 Permalink

2 Timothy 3:1-4 - But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

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two hoots knukles Thu, 01/04/2018 - 14:07 Permalink

Swearing in/oath of Comey:

Director James Comey: I expect that you will work hard. Your work, no matter what you do here, is to do good. Your work is to protect the innocent from harm of all kinds.

Director Comey: I, James B. Comey, [Attorney General Eric Holder: do solemnly swear] do solemnly swear [Holder: that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States]  that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States [Holder: against all enemies, foreign and domestic] against all enemies, foreign and domestic…

Director Comey: And I’m so excited to be working again with the people of the FBI and serving the American people.

Comey succeeds Robert S. Mueller, III, who served as FBI Director for unprecedented 12-year tenure.

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Chupacabra-322 RightLineBacker Thu, 01/04/2018 - 15:23 Permalink

It’s absolute, complete, open in your Faces!

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

 

Anyone taking Comey “Wet Work” odds.

 

Comey's a Criminal accessory.

 

Much satisfaction knowing that Comey probably won't sleep tonight or ever again for that matter.

 

Not long now before the Clinton "Wet Work" Minions get to him.

 

Honerable mention "Wet Work" Susan Rice. As Comey can no longer protect her much less himself. 

 

Comey,

 

Where's Anthony's Lap Tap?

What was in it James?

 

McCabe,

 

Why aren't you investigating the Awan brothers?

 

Where are the Awan brothers Andrew?

 

Andrew, Why aren't you investigating Criminal at large Debbie Wasserman Shultz & the IT Awan brothers working for her? 

 

Why?

 

Because your a Criminal Accessory too.

 

Absolute, complete, open in your Face Criminal

 

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

 

 

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Thought Processor Vilfredo Pareto Thu, 01/04/2018 - 15:11 Permalink

 

 

From what I can tell they mobilized the MP's out of Arizona for Guantanamo (U.S. Marine Base) in order to handle all the MS-13 members who've been apprehended as of late and who do not have proof of citizenship.  They will be transferred there and held in limbo until trial.  They (MS-13) are well organized and extremely dangerous and they are a key part of the satanic network that is being taken down.  Hence Guantanamo.

From a process standpoint and legally speaking the DOJ seems to be doing all of this straight up by the book through the NSC and the OIG, in order for the evidence to be so damning and non partisan that it will force everyone to wake up to the reality of it all.  Trump seems to be using the system to go after itself, by putting the white hats into positions where they have the authority to go after the bad actors (largely it seems with uncorrupted Marines.......or at least we hope).

The NSC had given authorization some time ago (before the EO) to unleash all government resources in order to investigate this networked group, as it was classified as a national security matter as soon as Trump took office (though he was certainly aware of the issue before taking office).  The NSC action was a really big deal and was absolutely pivotal to everything that is going on now.  It initiated the real internal war, the evidence of which has been playing out before our eyes ever since.

The primary roads within the network will likely lead back to CIA front companies and therefor the CIA and it's key sponsors (everyone here knows that the CIA has long been used as the proverbial fox in the U.S. Gov. hen house).  If you connect the dots it all makes sense on everything that is being done behind the scenes now, and why it cannot be publicized overtly because they are still investigating and taking out nodes in the network and everything is ongoing.  The wheels of justice do in fact turn pretty slow.  It also explains the QAnon question based hints doled out in a manner that circumvents the controlled MSM outlets and allows for some parallel construction to be done by alert and aware members of the public.  It serves to up the pressure on all those involved.

The noose is tightening as the network is exposed to those investigating (the NSA, DOJ, the OIG and other elements of the U.S. Gov. that work behind the scenes).  This leads to other critical questions and goes back much further than most would believe.  It is very much like opening pandora's box.

 

Perhaps the reason for the fire reported at the Clinton house yesterday.  

 

This network involves Satanism, Murder, Pedophilia, Human, sex, and Drug trafficking, Adrenochrome harvesting distribution and sales, blackmail rings, treason, and all kinds of RICO violations.  The corruption and those compromised is so pervasive that this has the potential to literally take down the entire U.S. Gov. with it.  Some are being 'allowed' to retire early if they cooperate.  Both major party members are involved.  Corruption so endemic that it had long ago become the standard way of doing business. Essentially this has been, at it's highest level, a group that has wielded power over key individuals within the US gov. for a long time via various tactics, ploys, and traps.  This is all international in scope, and not just in the U.S. obviously which is no surprise but again highlight's the scale and scope of the problem.  Essentially it's all one huge crime syndicate, operating globally with a stateless center and actors at the top who remain far from public eyes.  

Will the DOJ really follow through on all of this?  We shall see.  We should of course all remain skeptical.

 

But we all need to ensure that the above actually happens.  That all of this is brought to light.  That those involved in subverting the constitution and undermining our society and communities are brought to justice.

 

Otherwise they win.

 

Spread the word.

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Chupacabra-322 Thought Processor Thu, 01/04/2018 - 16:42 Permalink

@ thought,

The misconception is that individuals believe we are dealing with normal, sane human beings. We're not. Far from it. What we are dealing with are sick, twisted, Pure Evil Criminal, Psychopathic, Satanic / Lucerferian elements from the CIA / Pentagram Temple of Set Scum literally making Hell on Earth.

What's at Stake is the Deep State Global network of MultiNational Central Banking, Espionage, Murder, War, Torture, Destabilization Campaigns, BlackMail, Extortion, Child / Human Trafficking, Drug / Gun Running, Money Laundering, Corruption, NSA spying, Media control & control of the 17 Intelligence Agencies.

 

Most importantly, The Deep State controls all the distribution lines of the aforementioned. Especially the Coaxial Cable Communication lines of Espionage spying & Surveillance State Apparatus / Infrastructure.

Agencies all built on the British Model of Intelligence. Purely Evil & Highly Compartmentalized Levels which function as a Step Pyramid Model of Authority / Monarch Reign Pyramid Model of Authority.

 

That's what's at Stake. How this plays out is anyone's guess. The Pure Evil Criminal Psychopath Rogue elements of the Deep State will not go quietly. If not dealt with now, they'll disappear only to resurface at a later date with one objective:

 

Total Complete Full Spectrum World Domination they seek through Power & Control.

 

It's those Select Highly Compartmentalized Criminal Pure Evil Rogue Elements at the Deep State Top that have had control since the JFK Execution that have entrenched themselves for decades & refuse to relinquish Control.

 

This impure evil has been running the world since the time of the Pharoahs, it's ancient Babylonian mysticism/paganism and it is nothing more than the worship of Lucifer; it has never died out, it just re-emerges as something far more wicked, vile and sinister. They are all the sons and daughters of satan and do what he does - kill, steal and destroy.

 

It would be Nieve to think that hundreds of thousands of years of control over mankind be simply turned over by the Criminal Pure Evil Psychopathic Elite.

The Deep State will always exist.

 

However, the Pure Evil Criminal Psychopathic Highly Compartmentalized Rogue Levels of it are being delt with. Which is what the World is witnessing.

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Lord Raglan Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:42 Permalink

I hope they carve this pompous prick lying m'fer Comey a new ass hole, as if he had a rectal sphincter transplant, and he does 100 years in prison.  They'll have to get a special orange jump suit made for him in China......maybe they can make it out of mohair so he itches all day..........