The OIG concluded that Comey violated applicable policies in his FBI employment agreement by providing one of the unclassified memos that contained official FBI information to a friend with instructions to turn the information over to a reporter.
Former FBI Director James Comey violated FBI policies in his handling of memos documenting private conversations with President Donald Trump, according to the Justice Department’s inspector general Michael E. Horowitz.
One week after Comey was fired, the former FBI director provided a copy of a 2-page memo that he considered unclassified about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to Dan Richman, his personal lawyer and a close friend, and instructed him to share the contents with a specific reporter from The New York Times.
Comey has said he wanted to make details of that conversation public to cause the appointment of a special counsel to lead the FBI’s investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel one day after the story broke.
The inspector general’s office found Comey’s rationale lacking a reasonable explanation.
The inspector general’s report on fired FBI Director James Comey’s conduct is just one part of things that are still left to come, says Georgia Congressman Doug Collins, senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.
Former U.S. attorney Andy McCarthy weighs in on the Office of Inspector General’s conclusion that James Comey mishandled official FBI documents.
Bombshell IG report concludes fired FBI Director James Comey violated DOJ polices by giving memo containing unclassified information to a friend to share with a reporter; reaction and analysis on ‘The Five.’
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