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DOJ says Comey violated policy with Trump memos but won’t prosecute

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies during a U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on June 8, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
August 29, 2019

Former FBI Director James Comey violated FBI policies during his employment, but won’t be prosecuted, according to a new DOJ Inspector General report.

The report determined that the memos Comey recorded and kept from his meetings with President Trump were considered “official FBI records”

“We conclude that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement,” the report found.

Despite the violation, the DOJ refused to file charges against Comey, Fox News reported.

Comey’s memos “violated applicable policies and his FBI Employment Agreement by providing one of the unclassified memos that contained official FBI information, including sensitive investigative information, to his friend with instructions for the friend to share the contents of the memo with a reporter,” the report found.

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Comey additionally kept some of the memos in his home even after his firing.

Comey highlighted one section of the report regarding classified intel leaks, and tweeted, “DOJ IG ‘found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media.’ I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a ‘sorry we lied about you’ would be nice.”

“By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey 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,” the DOJ report also concluded.

President Trump responded to the report via Twitter on Thursday afternoon, saying, “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!”