The DOJ Inspector General released a report on James Comey Thursday morning on his mishandling of memos he drafted stemming from nine conversations he had with President Trump.
Although it was determined that Comey violated FBI policies pertaining to retention, handling and dissemination of FBI records and information, Barr declined prosecution.
According to the report, Comey used his personal scanner and private email account to send his attorneys four different memos.
Memo # 2 was determined to have six words that the FBI determined were classified and memo # 7 also contained classified information that Comey redacted.
On May 14, 2017, Comey used his personal scanner and private email account to provide electronic copies of Memos 2, 4, 6, and 7 to one of his personal attorneys. Three days later, on May 17, that attorney provided, via a personal email account, copies of these four Memos to two other attorneys, who were also part of Comey’s legal team. Of the Memos Comey shared with his attorneys, Memo 2 contained six words that the FBI determined in June 2017 to be classified at the “CONFIDENTIAL” level;3 Memos 4 and 6 contained information that the FBI determined in June 2017 to be “For Official Use Only,” but did not contain classified information; and Memo 7 was redacted by Comey before transmission, which obscured the information in Memo 7 that the FBI determined in June 2017 to be classified. Comey did not seek authorization from the FBI before providing Memos 2, 4, 6, and 7 to his attorneys.
Comey also took screenshots of Memo # 4 and text messaged them to his friend-turned-lawyer-turned-unpaid-FBI-official Daniel Richman.
Richman then turned around and provided the contents of the memo Comey sent him via text to a New York Times reporter in order to prompt a special counsel.
Memo # 4 (leaked to NY Times) memorialized Comey’s conversation with Trump about General Flynn. Trump supposedly asked Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn — this was later used to argue that Trump was trying to ‘obstruct justice.’
On May 16, 2017, Comey provided a separate copy of Memo 4 to Richman, who was one of Comey’s attorneys and also a close personal friend. Richman also had served as a Special Government Employee at the FBI during a portion of the time that Comey was FBI Director. Comey sent photographs of both pages of Memo 4 to Richman via text message from Comey’s personal cell phone. Comey instructed Richman to share the contents of Memo 4, but not the Memo itself, with a specific reporter for The New York Times. Comey did not seek FBI authorization before providing the contents of Memo 4, through Richman, to a reporter. As noted above, the FBI later marked Memo 4 “For Official Use Only” and determined that it did not contain classified information. We 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.
According to the IG report, Comey drafted Memo #4 from his personal laptop. It was not marked ‘classified’ however it was marked “for office use only.”
No wonder why Comey didn’t prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private server to transmit classified material. Comey was doing the exact same thing.