It was no secret that former Director of the FBI, James Comey, was up to no good. He appeared to be putting a political agenda–or his personal feelings–ahead of protecting the United States. Even after he was fired, he stirred up controversy and chaos through the media. The DOJ just exposed the depths of what Comey did. And the White House had a few things to say.
The DOJ just released a report on their findings of how James Comey handled various memos he had taken during his time working for Donald Trump. Comey, while testifying before Congress, claimed he didn’t trust Trump. So, he secretly recorded his meetings with the president.
Even though he should have handed over those memos after he left the FBI, Comey kept them. Those documents contained sensitive information. Instead of protecting it, Comey leaked several of those memos to a buddy, instructing him to pass it on to the press.
Much of the information spread from Comey’s leaks gave the mainstream media fuel to accuse Trump of colluding with Russia. Yep, all of the headaches and fighting over the last two years within our country was his fault.
But the DOJ goes further. They condemned Comey’s reckless actions, saying it could cause serious damage to the FBI’s ability to uphold the law.
Of the seven memos Comey wrote, four contained information classified as “Secret” or “Confidential.” Comey gave four of the memos to his friend, Daniel Richman, with instructions to leak one to The New York Times.
Comey “failed to live up to this responsibility” as the former FBI director, the IG’s office found, “by not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment.”
Comey’s actions “set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees—and the many thousands more former FBI employees—who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.” [Source: Daily Caller]
Comey leaked confidential information to the press to force an official response in the form of the Mueller probe. He did it because he didn’t like Trump. That’s all.
We may never know why Comey violated his responsibilities in order to hurt the president. Perhaps he just didn’t like Trump’s personality. Or, more likely, he is a Democrat who was trying to take down the Republican administration from the inside out.
We know Comey let Hillary Clinton off the hook, despite saying she broke the law with her email server. That happened during the 2016 Election. You’d have to be a fool not to assume Comey did that to help protect her campaign. But he does this to Trump?
Trump and the White House was not at all happy with what they learned from the DOJ.
The president responded to the news on Twitter, writing, “Perhaps never in the history of our Country has someone been more thoroughly disgraced and excoriated than James Comey in the just released Inspector General’s Report.”
“He should be ashamed of himself!” Trump added.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham released her own statement about Comey’s alleged violation of FBI policy.
“James Comey is a proven liar and leaker. The Inspector General’s report shows Comey violated the most basic obligations of confidentiality that he owed to the United States Government and to the American people.” [Source: Daily Caller]
A brutal response, but 100% true. Comey abused his power, broke FBI rules, and violated the trust of the American people. All for what? Because he claimed Trump was dangerous? Because he thought Trump was an illegitimate president?
None of that justifies breaking the law–which is what he did when he leaked those memos to the press.
Comey refused to punish Clinton when she openly broke the law. But he tried to take down Trump through a series of illegal actions. I guess when you’re a Democrat, you get to pick and choose which rules to follow!
Comey’s actions were disgusting and tarnished the FBI’s reputation. We can only hope that now, at long last, he’ll get the justice he deserves.