Trump accuses Comey of committing a felony by leaking classified information

Tuesday, 11 Jul, 2017

But in a helpful explainer from The Washington Post, Philip Bump writes that the Fox & Friends segment, and subsequent tweet about the report - with the caption "Report accuses material James Comey leaked to a friend contained top secret information" - is inaccurate and misleading. "That is so illegal!"

President Trump on Monday accused former FBI Director James Comey of having illegally leaked classified information, on the heels of a report saying more than half the memos he wrote detailing Russia-related conversations with the president contained such information.

Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chaired the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when it began looking into the Comey memos, said the director's behavior was highly suspicious. "It's against the law".

One flaw in the president's argument is that the mainstream media has a healthy (or, perhaps, unhealthy) appetite for Clinton-family pseudo-scandals.

Trump is a noted fan of the show "Fox and Friends" and often tweets about news featured on the show. Rather, it said that some of Comey's memos of his private meetings with Trump contained classified information - not that the one he leaked to a friend did. Three of the memos were classified from the beginning, and were never shared with Richman, the professor tells NBC News.

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That protocol outlines how Federal Bureau of Investigation staff are to handle ethical issues like the one Comey said he encountered.

"Correct", said Commey, "I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president". Petraeus's journals are very similar in this regard to Comey's memos because, among other sensitive documents, they contained notes of Petraeus's conversations with the president of the United States (while Petraeus was a general commanding USA forces overseas). It is not clear whether the memo Richman read to the Times, which detailed a private conversation during which Trump allegedly asked Comey to "let go" the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey testified that he considered the memos personal, not governmental, documents, and that they contained unclassified information. Comey, in a June 8 hearing in Congress, had said that he hoped there were tapes to support his view that in their discussions Trump had pressured him over the Russian Federation probe.

Mr. Comey admitted under oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he leaked memos with the explicit aim to force the appointment of a special counsel.