Not that a highly-experienced legal professional such as James Comey would believe that the DOJ inspector general’s report is in any way is a vindication of him and his actions, but if, by chance, he does … Byron York is here to clear up any confusion.
Comey supporters say IG report exonerates him, shows he did not leak classified info. But report says Comey did not leak classified info *to media.* Comey did, in fact, leak classified info to his attorneys. Given small scale, DOJ chose not to prosecute. https://t.co/7nmxSvUpVq
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 1, 2019
The new report from the Justice Department inspector general proves beyond any doubt that fired FBI Director James Comey leaked sensitive law enforcement material in the Trump-Russia investigation. Doing so set a “dangerous example” for the bureau’s other employees, Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote.
Comey did, in fact, leak classified information. It’s right there in the report. It wasn’t much classified information, and it was perhaps not terribly important, and Justice Department officials concluded it was not worth prosecuting. But Comey leaked classified material.
Here is the actual quote from Horowitz’s report:
Former Director Comey failed to live up to this responsibility. 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.
In addition to the rebuke by Horowitz, even James Clapper said on CNN that Comey “violated the standard protocols and procedures of the FBI” (before a “but…,” of course).
THERE it is! CNN’s go-to intel expert James Clapper says Comey ‘violated the standard protocols and procedures of the FBI,’ BUT… https://t.co/UHswveXeRy
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 30, 2019
On the heels of this report and the fallout from it, Mr. Comey has returned to what has become his post-FBI hobby … knocking and subtweeting President Trump.
It’s Sunday morning. A devastating hurricane is approaching. A gunman just slaughtered innocents in Texas. But the President of the United States is wasting time airing personal grievances and live-Tweeting Fox. Narcissism is not leadership. America deserves better.
— James Comey (@Comey) September 1, 2019
We imagine the public at large is far less interested in Comey’s hot takes on the president’s tweets than they are in the actions he took during his “leadership” of the world’s leading investigative agency.