DOJ Thrashes Dirty Comey but Do They Prosecute?

DOJ Thrashes Dirty Comey but Do They Prosecute?

On Thursday the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report of their findings against former FBI Director James Comey, and it was quite damning. In it was evidence that the fired Comey had violated FBI policy and possibly federal law by mishandling and leaking several memos from his time spent with President Donald Trump.

“We conclude that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement,” the 84-page report said.

Furthermore, they incited that he was a “dangerous example,” as he knowingly went above the law to do what he wanted.

By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example, for the over 35,000 current FBI employees – and the many thousands more former FBI employees who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.”

After speaking with the president on several occasions, Comey wrote up memos of those conversations. He said that he wanted to make a note of a few concerning things in the case that the president would later lie about them.

However, he didn’t just keep them as his own personal property. After he was fired, he released several of them to his attorney. He also gave one to a friend, lawyer Daniel Richman and told him to give it to the New York Times.

Comey admitted that he thought releasing the info to the press “might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” which it did. Just a short time after the NYT got their hands on the information, special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate the now-discredited Russia-Trump collusion.

However, the entire act shows just how corrupt the man is. Keeping and hiding notes is one thing, even with the intention of leaking them to the press. But to have a friend do it? Now that is just cowardly.

And the DOJ didn’t think very highly of the act either.

The report stated that “Comey had several other lawful options available to him to advocate for the appointment of a Special Counsel.” And they continued, “what was not permitted was the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive investigative information, obtained during the course of FBI employment, in order to achieve a personally desired outcome.”

The report made note that Comey had leaked these memos to at least three people, as well as failed to acknowledge the existence of four of them, even after he was confronted about them and other FBI information he might have in his possession.

“We found it particularly concerning that Comey did not tell anyone from the FBI that he had retained copies of the Memos in his personal safe at home, even when his Chief of Staff, the FBI’s Associate Deputy Director, and three SSAs came to Comey’s house on May 12, 2017, to inventory and remove all FBI property.”

Obviously, this was an attempt at hiding his intentions for revenge.

The report also made sure to solidly thrash Comey’s thinking that he was above the law, regardless of just how powerful or influential he thought he was. He, like any other citizen, must abide by the rules of our nation, even if he is supposed to be one that is enforcing them.

The investigators said, “In a country built on the rule of law, it is of utmost importance that all FBI employees adhere to Department and FBI policies, particularly when confronted by what appear to be extraordinary circumstances or compelling personal convictions.”

And they added, “The responsibility to protect sensitive law enforcement information falls in large part to the employees of the FBI who have access to it through their daily duties. Former Director Comey failed to live up to his responsibility.”

However, even after such harsh judgment, the DOJ decided to let Comey off easy and not prosecute him. They stated that they “found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to the members of the media.”

Maybe they thought a good thrashing was what he needed and that he had learned from his mistakes.

But by the reaction he gave to this report, that is highly unlikely. He tweeted, “I don’t need a public apology …, but a quick message with a ‘sorry, we lied about you’ would be nice.”

Sound like a repentant man?

DOJ Releases Comey Report of Violations

On Thursday the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report of their findings against former FBI Director James Comey, and it was quite damning. In it was evidence that the fired Comey had violated FBI policy and possibly federal law by mishandling and leaking several memos from his time spent with President Donald Trump.

“We conclude that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement,” the 84-page report said.

Furthermore, they incited that he was a “dangerous example,” as he knowingly went above the law to do what he wanted.

By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example, for the over 35,000 current FBI employees – and the many thousands more former FBI employees who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.”

After speaking with the president on several occasions, Comey wrote up memos of those conversations. He said that he wanted to make a note of a few concerning things in the case that the president would later lie about them.

However, he didn’t just keep them as his own personal property. After he was fired, he released several of them to his attorney. He also gave one to a friend, lawyer Daniel Richman and told him to give it to the New York Times.

Comey admitted that he thought releasing the info to the press “might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” which it did. Just a short time after the NYT got their hands on the information, special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate the now-discredited Russia-Trump collusion.

However, the entire act shows just how corrupt the man is. Keeping and hiding notes is one thing, even with the intention of leaking them to the press. But to have a friend do it? Now that is just cowardly.

And the DOJ didn’t think very highly of the act either.

The report stated that “Comey had several other lawful options available to him to advocate for the appointment of a Special Counsel.” And they continued, “what was not permitted was the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive investigative information, obtained during the course of FBI employment, in order to achieve a personally desired outcome.”

The report made note that Comey had leaked these memos to at least three people, as well as failed to acknowledge the existence of four of them, even after he was confronted about them and other FBI information he might have in his possession.

“We found it particularly concerning that Comey did not tell anyone from the FBI that he had retained copies of the Memos in his personal safe at home, even when his Chief of Staff, the FBI’s Associate Deputy Director, and three SSAs came to Comey’s house on May 12, 2017, to inventory and remove all FBI property.”

Obviously, this was an attempt at hiding his intentions for revenge.

The report also made sure to solidly thrash Comey’s thinking that he was above the law, regardless of just how powerful or influential he thought he was. He, like any other citizen, must abide by the rules of our nation, even if he is supposed to be one that is enforcing them.

The investigators said, “In a country built on the rule of law, it is of utmost importance that all FBI employees adhere to Department and FBI policies, particularly when confronted by what appear to be extraordinary circumstances or compelling personal convictions.”

And they added, “The responsibility to protect sensitive law enforcement information falls in large part to the employees of the FBI who have access to it through their daily duties. Former Director Comey failed to live up to his responsibility.”

However, even after such harsh judgment, the DOJ decided to let Comey off easy and not prosecute him. They stated that they “found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to the members of the media.”

Maybe they thought a good thrashing was what he needed and that he had learned from his mistakes.

But by the reaction he gave to this report, that is highly unlikely. He tweeted, “I don’t need a public apology …, but a quick message with a ‘sorry, we lied about you’ would be nice.”

Sound like a repentant man?

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