Thursday, the Justice Department’s Inspector General announced that former FBI Director James Comey had violated bureau policies when he gave a sensitive memo to a friend with instructions to share the contents with a reporter. In addition, Comey did not properly notify the FBI that additional memos were locked in his safe at home, even after he was fired by President Trump.
Comey was shaken by the personality and behavior of Donald Trump, so he committed conversations and interactions to memos. The former FBI chief wanted to make one particular memo public in hopes that it would result in the appointment of a special counsel to lead the bureau’s investigation into links between Vladimir Putin’s Russia government and the Trump presidential campaign.
In short, Comey intentionally leaked sensitive information in order to make the FBI bear down on the Trump campaign and administration with all the power and resources at its disposal. It was done because Comey didn’t like the president and many of the agents involved in the subsequent investigation did not either, as evidence has since shown.
As the report states, Comey explained to Congress that “he was unable to provide details about the nature or scope of the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election because ‘the FBI is very careful in how we handle information about our cases and about the people we are investigating. … Our ability to share details with the Congress and the American people is limited when those investigations are still open, which I hope makes sense. We need to protect people’s privacy. … We just cannot do our work well or fairly if we start talking about it while we’re doing it.’ ”
However that was a complete ruse. What Comey was reluctant to talk to Congress about he was more than happy to hand off to his friend Daniel Richman, a Columbia University Law professor. As the report reads, “After his removal as FBI Director two months later, Comey provided a copy of Memo 4, which Comey had kept without authorization, to Richman with instructions to share the contents with a reporter for The New York Times. Memo 4 included information that was related to both the FBI’s ongoing investigation of (Michael) Flynn and, by Comey’s own account, information that he believed and alleged constituted evidence of an attempt to obstruct the ongoing Flynn investigation; later that same day, The New York Times published an article about Memo 4 titled, ‘Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation.’”
James Comey is a delusional, self-important, arrogant man who misused his power in what can fairly be called a soft coup against a duly elected president of the United States.
This is not just a big story. This is the biggest story of the century, apart from 9-11. People are in jail and a presidency was hamstrung for over two years due to the actions of Comey et al.
Democrats and Republicans alike should condemn the actions of James Comey. If some percentage of Americans are so filled with hate for President Trump that they celebrate his harassment at the hands of the Justice Department, they should take into consideration Comey’s torpedoing of the Hillary Clinton campaign in the summer and fall of 2016.
The Justice Department has decided not to prosecute Comey over the matter for reasons outlined in the report.
However, Attorney General William Barr has enlisted U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the Trump/Russia investigators. If it is found that Comey and others were involved in activity that would have landed others in jail, each and every conspirator must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.