DOJ inspector general releases report on James Comey – Washington Examiner

The Justice Department inspector general released a scathing report on former FBI Director James Comey’s notes memorializing his conversations with President Trump.

The 83-page report on Comey’s handling of “sensitive information” said the investigation 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.”

But Inspector General Michael Horowitz faulted Comey for his behavior, saying his actions, “violated Department or FBI policy, or the terms of Comey’s FBI Employment Agreement. As described in this report, we conclude that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement.”

In a pair of tweets, Comey took shots at his critics who have said he deserves to go to prison, focusing on how the report cleared him of leaking classified information to the media.

“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,” Comey tweeted soon after its release on Thursday.

“And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me ‘going to jail’ or being a ‘liar and a leaker’—ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president,” he added.

Horowitz criminally referred Comey to the Justice Department for his conduct, but the agency declined to prosecute.

There have been documentation of seven contemporaneous memos Comey wrote of his interactions with Trump between January and April 2017, spanning from prior to the inauguration to weeks before he was fired. They contain such claims as Trump seeking a loyalty pledge from Comey and pushing his FBI director to drop an investigation into his national security adviser Michael Flynn. Trump has vociferously denied both these accounts.

When Comey was fired in May 2017, Trump initially cited a memo written by former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which focused on the “mistakes” Comey made in handling the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized email server. But a couple days later the president suggested a different motive in an interview with NBC, saying the “Russia thing” was a factor in firing Comey.

FBI special agents from the Washington Field Office paid a visit to former FBI Director James Comey’s home on the morning of June 7, 2017, one day before he testified to Congress he had leaked his notes of conversations he had with President Trump, hoping that it would spark a special counsel investigation.

The exact number of memos Comey wrote about his interactions with Trump remains an elusive figure. While on a book tour last spring, Comey told CNN that he had written “somewhere between five and 10.” Media and watchdog groups have fought to obtain documents relating to Comey’s notes, most of which have been deemed classified, through FOIA since May 2017, when the existence of the Comey memos was first made public.

Since being fired, Comey has been a vocal critic of the president and his treatment of the FBI.

Comey is also a possible target of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse. He signed three of the four FISA applications targeting former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page before being fired by Trump. Horowitz’s report is expected to be released after Labor Day. It is also likely that Comey’s actions as FBI director will be scrutinized during the “investigation of the investigators,”a review of the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, being led by Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, said as recently as last night on Fox News that Comey should go to prison for lying to the FISA Court.

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