How ‘showboater’ Comey screwed up

His memos ap­pear writ­ten to be leaked

The Washington Times Daily - - OPINION - By Daniel Galling­ton

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

The re­quire­ment for pre­pub­li­ca­tion re­view and ap­proval is a lifetime obli­ga­tion for all gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees and of­fi­cials with high-se­cu­rity clear­ances.

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