Despite Trump's lies claiming Comey committed a 'crime' DOJ issues report delivering only slap on the wrist

Despite Trump's lies claiming Comey committed a 'crime' DOJ issues report delivering only slap on the wrist
James Comey image by Federal Bureau of Investigation

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:

Comey responded to the report – and to Trump’s previous attacks – immediately:

President Trump on several occasions has attacked Comey, even falsely claiming he had committed a “crime” or an “illegal” act.

#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.