Despite Trump's lies claiming Comey committed a 'crime' DOJ issues report delivering only slap on the wrist
The Dept. of Justice Inspector General has just released a report declining to prosecute Jim Comey, but delivering a sharp rebuke to actions the former FBI Director took by releasing to a friend memos he wrote, and by housing them in his home without notifying the Bureau.
The New York Times characterizes the report as “highly critical” of Comey’s actions regarding the contemporaneous memos he wrote immediately after several interactions with President Donald Trump. It also accuses him of setting “a dangerous example” to other government officials who deal with confidential information.
“Comey violated F.B.I. policy and the requirements of his F.B.I. employment agreement when he chose this path,” the I.G. says in its report.
MSNBC Justice Analyst Matt Miller blasted the I.G. report as missing the “context” of the time in which Comey was operating, and says it misses the mark “of what was happening in the real world.”
HuffPost Justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly points to this portion of the report:
A key graph from the report: "Comey had several other lawful options available to him to advocate for the appoint… https://t.co/IgQy5PONOY— Ryan J. Reilly (@Ryan J. Reilly)1567089193.0
Comey responded to the report – and to Trump’s previous attacks – immediately:
DOJ IG "found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any o… https://t.co/DK8R6AoWhQ— James Comey (@James Comey)1567087303.0
President Trump on several occasions has attacked Comey, even falsely claiming he had committed a “crime” or an “illegal” act.
The real Collusion, the Conspiracy, the Crime, was between the Clinton Campaign, the DNC, Fusion GPS, Christopher S… https://t.co/mUQuevwVPm— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1564285774.0
So, the Democrats make up a phony crime, Collusion with the Russians, pay a fortune to make the crime sound real, i… https://t.co/16HcwVo7cC— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1528988931.0
James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1499683216.0
James Comey illegally leaked classified documents to the press in order to generate a Special Council? Therefore, t… https://t.co/5Oeo81Disr— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1524280387.0