Comey memos reportedly had classified info; Trump says 'That is so illegal'
- Author: Myrtle Hill Jul 11, 2017,
Jul 11, 2017, 0:34
The Hill's John Solomon reports that "more than half" of former FBI Director James Comey's seven memos of conversations with President Trump "have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents".
However, the tweet was sent out after Comey-specific and related leaks appeared in media reports, casting doubt on the former director's claims. That is so illegal!
As the pressure on Donald Trump intensifies over an evolving federal investigation of alleged collusion with Russian Federation, the president is resorting to what he knows best: Attack his perceived enemy on an unrelated issue.
"Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" the President tweeted in early June, after Comey testified to the Senate that he'd authorized a friend to share with the New York Times one of his memos of a private conversation with Trump.
Following his dismissal, reports mounted that Trump asked Comey if he was under investigation in a separate FBI probe, and sought to have Comey end an investigation into former top administration official Michael Flynn.More news: Terminally Ill Patients End Their Lives Under Calif. Right-To-Die Law
More than half of former FBI Director James Comey's memos on his interactions with President Donald Trump contained classified information, The Hill is reporting. I further explained that, while Comey's judgment that the memos were not classified was entitled to considerable weight, we could not make a conclusive judgment on this because (a) we had not seen them and (b) they had not yet been subjected to "a classification review.by the White House or the Justice Department". Trump's tweet clarifies his expectation that GOP leadership will secure support for the bill before Congress breaks for August recess.
"Correct", Comey answered. "I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president".
In his testimony Comey also professed his view that the memos constituted his personal property for him to do with as he saw fit. Comey did not send full copies of the memos to the Times or any other media outlet, and has now shared them with congressional investigators who are looking into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
That protocol outlines how Federal Bureau of Investigation staff are to handle ethical issues like the one Comey said he encountered.
"So you didn't consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document". Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Even members of Congress with access to classified intelligence had to fight to obtain the actual notes.