Certainly no one is surprised that the James Comey hearing is bringing about all kinds of new information about the investigations of Hillary Clinton’s email server scandal and the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. But perhaps one of the most interesting tidbits of information we’ve gleaned from Comey’s testimony is that he himself may be guilty of violating the law after leaking memos.
It appears that Comey actually leaked his own memos by having a “friend” from the Columbia law office do the dirty work and turn the memos over to the mainstream media.
Because the memos could be viewed as a type of government record and potentially as evidence, it seems that Comey could find himself in even more hot water. He maintains that he leaked the memos in order to bring about the appointment of a Special Counsel, but will that be enough to excuse his actions?
Sources say that because Comey used an FBI computer to create the documents he leaked, they are, in essence, government records. As reported, “Comey admitted that he thought he raised the issue with his staff and recognized that they might be needed by the Department or Congress. They read like a type of field 302 form, which are core investigatory documents.”
The irony of James Comey leaking memos after being asked to “crack down” on information leaks is almost entertaining, if not for the fact it’s a serious offense. Regardless of whether the memos contained classified or non-classified information, Comey still may have violated any number of laws – and there are also rules about this kind of thing within his department. While Comey inists that his actions were purely to drive up a Special Counsel, sources say that Comey also appeared to benefit from the leak.
Any way you slice it, Comey’s choice to leak information by giving memos to another person gives rise to questions about his intention and motives for doing so.