On Monday morning the President was quick to jump on a report from TheHill.com that claims the former FBI Director James Comey memos that he leaked did contain classified information.
The report claims that:
“More than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.”
As always with any of these stories keep in mind that the information is coming from an “official familiar with the documents.” So, as usual, you know what that means…LEAK. This story also breaks after reports from this weekend revealed that the Trump team did meet with a Russian lawyer that has close ties to the Kremlin.
However, Comey’s June 8th testimony does put him in a bit of pickle because at one point he stated he didn’t believe his memos were government documents but during other instances during testimony alluded they were government documents.
“So you didn’t consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document?,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked Comey on June 8. “You considered it to be, somehow, your own personal document that you could share to the media as you wanted through a friend?”
“Correct,” Comey answered. “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.”
Comey insisted in his testimony he believed his personal memos were unclassified, though he hinted one or two documents he created might have been contained classified information.
“I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership,” he testified about the one memo he later leaked about former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
He added, “My view was that the content of those unclassified, memorialization of those conversations was my recollection recorded.”
But when the seven memos Comey wrote regarding his nine conversations with Trump about Russia earlier this year were shown to Congress in recent days, the FBI claimed all were, in fact, deemed to be government documents.
So is this just a fake news leak? Or could Mr. Comey be in some trouble?
Source: The Hill