At least half of the information contained within the infamous Comey memos may well have been classified, according to a bombshell new report citing intelligence officials.
The former FBI head has been the subject of growing controversy and accusations of partisanship since his May ousting by the Trump administration. And it now seems that charges levied against Comey, on the mishandling of the Clinton investigation, may be well in line with a track record of failures in properly administering his duty.
Four of seven memos brought before congress are now said to have been marked “secret” or “confidential”, this flies in the face of Comey’s testimony where, when questioned as to the nature of his very public revelations, he stated.
“I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president. As a private citizen, I thought it important to get it out.”
He then went on to detail how quickly he moved to capitalize on private conversations he held with the president saying,
“I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership…”
“My view was that the content of those unclassified, memorialization of those conversations was my recollection recorded.”
After making sure to make a personal record of these documents, he then saw fit to share at least one through close friend and Colombia professor Donald Richman with the explicit intention of leaking them to the New York Times. Rather coincidentally, this attempt at smearing the President came shortly after Comey’s firing.
The casual improprieties and arrogant refusals to adhere to strict government regulations were eerily echoed in the Clinton server scandal which had been Comey’s earlier undoing. In fact, in a statement he had released about that investigation Comey had said,
“There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
It seems that Comey played fast and loose with those same restrictions when it came to getting his side of the story in the public eye. Not that it did much good, though the hopes of Russia conspiracy theorists had been pinned on the testimony. The biggest revelation that came out of the intense congressional panel was the grudging admission that President Trump had not now, nor ever been the subject of an FBI investigation.
Is this another falling domino in the loopy conspiracy liberals have put together to try and force through an impossible impeachment? With heavy hitters falling left and right, whose credibility will they put on the line next? While Trump’s resolve has yet to waver it seems his accusers find themselves on increasingly shaky ground.