How ‘showboater’ Comey screwed up
His memos appear written to be leaked
What gets James Comey in trouble is that he leaked official memos that were most probably classified. He should have turned them over to the FBI or somewhere else in the Justice Department and then simply kept his mouth shut. And if he didn’t trust anybody at the department, he should have sent the memos on to the congressional intelligence committees (and thereby been protected as a whistleblower).
Instead, he wrote the memos with the expressed intention of leaking them to The New York Times. That he did this reveals his political motives and agenda.
Specifically, if he truly believed what he said in his Senate testimony, he should have deposited the memos at the FBI. If he didn’t trust the attorney general or the deputy attorney general, then he should have given them to the Justice Department inspector general or the congressional intelligence committees. But he definitely should not have given them to a “cutout” confidant for passage to The New York Times for publication.
By leaking the memos, Mr. Comey’s strange behavior is consistent with his unilateral closing and reopening of the Hillary Clinton email investigation — and his penchant for cutting out the attorney general, the deputy attorney general and the rest of the Justice Department. By the way, it was this latter propensity — at least according to the Deputy
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