JOHN SOLOMON: James Comey Expected to be Skewered by DOJ IG Probe Into Leaked Memos – But Comey Will Escape Prosecution
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is preparing a very damning report on James Comey’s conduct in the days leading up to his firing that will likely conclude he leaked classified information (memos) and lacked candor (lied).
According to a report out by award-winning investigative journalist John Solomon, Horowitz’s team referred James Comey for possible prosecution for leaking contents of his classified memos, but DOJ prosecutors under Bill Barr have decided to decline prosecution.
John Solomon does say however that Comey still isn’t out of the weeds yet and faces legal jeopardy in the ongoing investigation into FISA abuse and the origins of Spygate by US Attorney John Durham.
Comey’s ‘Trump memos’ were supposedly classified after he gave them to his friend to leak to the New York Times — this technical violation is what the DOJ used as an excuse not to prosecute Comey.
How convenient. The FBI changed the classification on Comey’s memos after they were leaked…coincidence? We think not.
Via John Solomon of The Hill:
Prosecutors found the IG’s findings compelling but decided not to bring charges because they did not believe they had enough evidence of Comey’s intent to violate the law, according to multiple sources.
The concerns stem from the fact that one memo that Comey leaked to a friend specifically to be published by the media — as he admitted in congressional testimony — contained information classified at the lowest level of “confidential,” and that classification was made by the FBI after Comey had transmitted the information, the sources said.
Although a technical violation, DOJ did not want to “make its first case against the Russia investigators with such thin margins and look petty and vindictive,” a source told me, explaining the DOJ’s rationale.
But Comey and others inside the FBI and the DOJ during his tenure still face legal jeopardy in ongoing probes by the IG and Barr-appointed special prosecutor John Durham. Those investigations are focused on the origins of the Russia investigation that included a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant targeting the Trump campaign at the end of the 2016 election, the source said.
“There are significant issues emerging with how the FISA was handled and other conduct in the investigation, and everyone involved remains under scrutiny,” a second source said.
Solomon reported that according to sources, the IG report will conclude that Comey improperly took the memos that were considered FBI property to his home when he was fired, sent classified material over an unsecured private email account (ironically just like Hillary Clinton did), and shared classified memos with his lawyers.
The IG report will also state that Comey lacked candor (lied) to FBI agents who went to Comey’s house to retrieve the classified memos when he ‘failed’ to tell the agents that he emailed some of the classified memos.
Judicial Watch obtained 6 documents on Wednesday backing up this report that FBI agents went to Comey’s house to retrieve the classified memos nearly one month after he was fired.
“Ironically, Comey’s decision not to charge [Hillary] Clinton for violating the Espionage Act for mishandling classified information on her email server mirrors the same rationale that Barr’s DOJ applied in declining prosecution of him: a lack of evidence of intent,” John Solomon said.
If Horowitz’s team can’t get DOJ prosecutors to take action against Comey, Durham and Barr better prosecute him for his FISA abuse and role in Spygate.
Breaking: James Comey expected to be skewered by DOJ probe into leaked memos … but will escape prosecution. https://t.co/PenNBNNAkS
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) July 31, 2019