UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Former US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey has violated the agency’s security policies by keeping memos containing the minutes of his talks with President Donald Trump, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General confirmed in a report on Thursday.
James Comey, who was sacked by Trump in 2017 and has become a vocal critic of the US president, will not be prosecuted for violating the procedure, but could face administrative sanctions, according to the Justice Department.
Kumi prepared between January and April 2017 a lecturer after seven meetings with the tram. In one of the reports, according to excerpts from newspapers, Trump asked Komi to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Based on this information, special prosecutor Robert Mueller was appointed, who investigated for two years the possibility of collusion between Moscow and the campaign team of the wealthy real estate magnate.
This confession led to private investigator Robert Mueller issuing the first indictments in his investigation of Russian interference in the US presidential election.
Trump, who provoked his anger, accused Comey several times of “lying” and being behind the leaks.
The Justice Department’s inspector general said the former FBI director had bypassed the rules by keeping copies of the memos at home and sharing them with his lawyer, allowing one of them to pass passages to a journalist.
But the Office of the Inspector General, the independent body charged with prosecuting abuses at ministry institutions, said the memos did not contain classified information.
– “Shame” –
The inspector general said Komi “had other legal options to call for the appointment of a special prosecutor.” He added that the former director of the FBI gave a “serious example” to the agency’s staff “to achieve a special benefit.”
Despite the criticism, Comey confirmed on Twitter immediately after the report that the inspector general’s office found “no evidence” of leaking “classified information.” “I don’t need public apologies from those who defamed me,” he said.
“For those who have spent two years saying I will go to jail or be a liar and leak information, ask yourself why you still trust people who have given you false information for a long time, including the president,” Komi said.
“At no time in our country’s history has anyone faced more shame and condemnation than James Komi in the inspector general’s report just released,” Trump immediately responded. “He should be ashamed of himself!”
The White House called Comey a “liar.” “Because Komi had shamefully leaked information to journalists – in flagrant violation of FBI policies – the nation had to suffer a two-year unfounded campaign,” presidential spokeswoman Stephanie Gresham said in a statement.
The inspector general focused on Comey’s handling of seven memos detailing his communication with Trump in the first three months of 2017. Comey retained four original memos signed at his home after his expulsion without informing the FBI.
The report explained that Comey submitted copies of several notes to personal lawyers and Muller team, stressing that “the policy of the Ministry of Justice stipulates that employees may not transfer records from the ministry without permission, neither during the post nor after.”
“The policies of the FBI are no different.”
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