James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is now reportedly part of a Department of Justice-led investigation looking into whether or not he leaked a classified document concerning Russia to the media during the time former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was being investigated in her email scandal.
According to Fox News, Comey’s role in the possible leak of the document to The New York Times and The Washington Post was with regard to a Russian intelligence document “claiming a tacit understanding between the Clinton campaign and the [Obama] Justice Department over the inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server.”
The original Russian intelligence document in question was accessed by Dutch intelligence on Russian computers. The new investigation focuses on two articles about the document that were reported by the Times and the Post — both of which reportedly played a part on Comey’s 2016 decision to not charge Clinton for having used a private email server.
The document’s contents included an exchange by then-DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and an official with the Soros-backed non-profit Open Society Foundations, Leonard Bernardo. In the exchange, Wasserman Schultz made assurances to Bernardo that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch would make sure Clinton was in the clear and not prosecuted, concerning her email probe.
“Both 2017 articles cite Comey’s private concern that if Lynch had announced no charges for Clinton, the Russians could have released the document to cast doubt on whether the investigation was ethical. They also cite Comey’s decision not to tell Lynch that he was declining to charge Clinton as a way of protecting the FBI’s political independence,” The National Review reported.
Investigators now wonder if Daniel Richman — Comey’s lawyer — was responsible for turning the document over to the newspapers.
“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter,” Comey admitted to Congress in his testimony in June 2017. “I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”
Last year, the Department of Justice, following a recommendation from an Inspector General’s report, decided to forgo any investigation into Comey at the time. However, Comey was found to have been in violation of code as far as the way he handled the memos, which reportedly contained secret information about a source.
In December 2019, President Donald Trump took another jab at Comey, demanding he apologize to Trump and suggesting that the former FBI director could face jail time for his actions.
So now Comey’s admitting he was wrong. Wow, but he’s only doing so because he got caught red handed. He was actually caught a long time ago. So what are the consequences for his unlawful conduct. Could it be years in jail? Where are the apologies to me and others, Jim?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2019