Comey Mishandled Internal Memos, DOJ Watchdog Says


Comey Mishandled Internal Memos, DOJ Watchdog Says

An internal investigation found that while former FBI Director James Comey violated policies in his handling of certain documents.

 

The Justice Department’s inspector general says former FBI Director James Comey violated FBI policies in his handling of memos documenting private conversations with President Donald Trump. (J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP-FILE)

 

THE JUSTICE Department's internal watchdog on Thursday criticized former FBI Director James Comey for mishandling certain classified and official internal documents in the lead-up to and immediately following his firing in May 2017 by President Donald Trump.

 

The Office of Inspector General, in a long-awaited report, accused Comey of violating Justice Department and FBI policies, specifically with regard to a handful of memos that Comey wrote between January and May 2017 describing contemporaneous interactions and conversations with Trump.

 

The report exonerated Comey of publicly sharing any classified information, undercutting Trump's accusations in July 2017 that Comey had done so.

 

However, the report did confirm that the former director had shared one document with his attorneys that contained six words that the FBI later determined to be "confidential," the Justice Department's lowest level of classification. It also confirmed earlier news accounts that Comey had shared the contents of another memo with a reporter that was marked as "for official use only."

Those actions, the report said, ran afoul of FBI and DOJ rules.

"Comey violated FBI policy and the requirements of his FBI employment agreement when he chose this path," the report said.

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