Trump tweets disdain for Comey after release of critical DoJ IG report

Trump tweets disdain for Comey after release of critical DoJ IG report

James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee, June 8, 2017
Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017.

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump tweeted disdain for former FBI Director James Comey on Friday morning after the Justice Department Inspector General released a report that said Comey violated DoJ and FBI policies by leaking memos documenting conversations he had with Trump.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz released the report on Thursday.

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

The report said the leaked memos did not contain classified information and that DoJ decided against prosecuting Comey.

Comey defended his actions in a series of tweets.

Republicans seized on the report. They pointed to it as proof that the FBI and DoJ exhibited bias in the Trump-Russia probe.

On June 8, 2017, Comey told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that he authorized the leak of a memo documenting a meeting he had had with Trump four months earlier in which the president allegedly asked him to drop the Bureau’s investigation into former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

“My judgment was that I needed to get that out into the public square,” Comey testified.

Comey said the leak was coordinated through a Columbia Journalism professor and that the reason for the leak was to highlight the need for the appointment of a special prosecutor.

The New York Times first reported the existence of the memo in May 2017. Several days after the Times report, then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, under intense bipartisan political pressure, appointed former FBI director Robert S. Muller III as independent counsel in the Trump-Russia probe.

National security attorney Sean Bigley told TMN the IG report clearly shows that Comey disregarded department policy.

“It highlights in excruciating detail how he (Comey) repeatedly violated FBI and DOJ policy on protected information handling when he was supposed to be setting the example.”

Bigley added: “We’ve seen this time and again in Washington: a do as I say, not as I do mentality on security from those at the top. No wonder he exonerated Hillary.”

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