Trump Ac­cuses Comey of Leak­ing Clas­si­fied In­for­ma­tion

For­mer FBI di­rec­tor ac­cused of mis­han­dling clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion af­ter re­port that his pri­vate memos con­tained top-se­cret info

The Jewish Voice - - NATIONAL - By: Gary Wil­lig

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ac­cused for­mer FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey of leak­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion Mon­day. Trump's ac­cu­sa­tion came in re­sponse to a re­port by The Hill that more than half of the pri­vate memos Comey wrote con­cern­ing his Rus­sia-re­lated con­ver­sa­tions with the pres­i­dent con­tained clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion.

Comey tes­ti­fied be­fore Congress last month that he had con­sid­ered the memos to be per­sonal doc­u­ments, and that he had shared at least one of them with a friend, Columbia Law School pro­fes­sor Daniel Rich­man. He had asked Pro­fes­sor Rich­man to leak the con­tents of the memo to the press in the hopes of forc­ing the ap­point­ment of a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor to take over the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter he was fired by Pres­i­dent Trump.

Trump slammed Comey for the reve­la­tion.

"James Comey leaked CLAS­SI­FIED IN­FOR­MA­TION to the me­dia. That is so il­le­gal!" the pres­i­dent wrote on his Twit­ter ac­count.

Ac­cord­ing to The Hill, Comey may have bro­ken FBI reg­u­la­tions and com­mit­ted the same of­fense of mis­han­dling clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion he in­ves­ti­gated for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton for last year.

White House Coun­selor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that the re­port was an "in­cred­i­ble bomb­shell."

"The boy scout, choir boy de­fense doesn't hold up here be­cause if it con­tains clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, he is ap­par­ently vi­o­lat­ing, at the very least, what all FBI mem­bers sign -- they sign a doc­u­ment say­ing you will not do some­thing like this. He was the di­rec­tor of the en­tire bu­reau," Conway told Fox & Friends. "The irony to me, any­way ... is that this is ex­actly the prob­lem that Hil­lary Clin­ton had with her il­le­gal server -- the han­dling of clas­si­fied and con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion that Jim Comey was meant to in­ves­ti­gate, if not pros­e­cute."

Trump's ac­cu­sa­tion came in re­sponse to a re­port by The

Hill that more than half of the pri­vate memos Comey wrote con­cern­ing his Rus­sia-re­lated con­ver­sa­tions with the pres­i­dent con­tained clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ac­cused for­mer FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey of leak­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion Mon­day

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