President Donald Trump accused former FBI Director James Comey of illegally leaking classified information to the media, part of an early morning Tweetstorm on Monday as the president faces new allegations about his 2016 campaign's contact with the Russians.
Thus, we do not know whether Comey gave all, some, or just one of the memos to the intermediary; we do not know whether the one memo we can be sure the intermediary got contained classified information; and we do not know whether the portion the intermediary shared with the Times was classified. That is so illegal!
The story from The Hill, citing officials familiar with the Comey memos, that reported four of the seven memos Comey created were determined to contain classified information.
Comey testified that he considered the memos personal, not governmental, documents, and that they contained unclassified information.
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Contrary to the president's assertions, however, nothing in the report stated that any of the classified information contained within the Comey memos leaked out to the press.
While the Comey memos have been previously reported, this is the first time there has been a number connected to the amount of the memos the ex-FBI chief wrote. Trump's tweet clarifies his expectation that GOP leadership will secure support for the bill before Congress breaks for August recess.
However, Comey has discussed the content of his memos publicly during congressional testimony and addressed the general sensitivity with which he treated their contents. Roy Blount (R-Mo.) on whether the memos were "government documents", Comey testified that they were not, calling them the personal recordings of a private citizen. So, he chose to leak at least one of his memos to the press.
"Correct", said Commey, "I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president". But according to the Hill, the F.B.I. designated them as government documents, which means Comey could have also violated F.B.I. policy by disclosing the single memo.
"All information acquired by me in connection with my official duties with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and all official material to which I have access remain the property of the United States of America".