Politics Justice Department IG probing Comey memos over classified material

22:05  20 april  2018
22:05  20 april  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

Justice to give Congress access to Comey memos

  Justice to give Congress access to Comey memos The Justice Department is expected to make the James Comey memos available to Congress on Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. The fired FBI director wrote the memos memorializing his conversations with President Donald Trump.It was not immediately known whether the memos would be provided in redacted form, unredacted in a classified setting, or some combination.CNN reported Wednesday that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte might issue a subpoena to the Justice Department demanding the memos this week.

I’m betting the Comey memos are not classified . The commentary about James Comey ’s memoranda has been all over the map. It seems impossible that the Justice Department would dare take the position in court that the memos are not government property.

have given the Department of Justice several more days to comply with a request for copies of former FBI Director James Comey ’s memos detailing his The Republicans have asked for copies of the unclassified memos in unredacted form, and for the classified memos to be turned over in both

James Comey wearing a suit and tie: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, (R-Ga.), on former FBI Director James Comey's book tour and released memos and the Mueller investigation. © FoxNews.com Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, (R-Ga.), on former FBI Director James Comey's book tour and released memos and the Mueller investigation.

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is probing James Comey's handling of classified information as part of the memos he gave to a friend documenting discussions with President Trump. 

A source familiar with the probe confirmed to Fox News the inspector general is looking at whether classified information was given to unauthorized sources as part of a broader review of Comey's communications outside the bureau -- including media contact. 

DOJ expected to turn over Comey memos to Congressional committees

  DOJ expected to turn over Comey memos to Congressional committees The Justice Department on Thursday will hand off to congressional committees the controversial memos James Comey used to document meetings with President Trump, sources told Fox News. A congressional source told Fox News the memos would be turned over to the House Judiciary Committee Thursday evening, following threats from committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to subpoena Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for failing to meet the deadline to submit the documents.

As an experienced federal agent, Comey should have known that he could not unilaterally determine whether his leaked memos would constitute classified material . “The Justice Department should know which memos were provided and be able to share that information with the committee

Four of the seven memos former FBI director James Comey wrote memorializing his interactions with President Donald Trump contained classified information marked at the "secret" or "confidential" levels, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday.

The developments put the ex-FBI boss in the crosshairs of an investigation just as his former deputy, Andrew McCabe, faces a criminal referral over a separate leak. 

The Wall Street Journal reported that at least two of those Comey memos have been to found to contain material now deemed classified, prompting the inspector general investigation. 

A broader set of memos, documenting Comey’s conversations with President Trump, were handed over to Congress Thursday evening.

Comey has maintained he didn’t release any memos containing classified material. In his testimony last year before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey said he made the decision to document the interactions in a way that would not trigger security classification. 

The Latest: AP obtains Comey memos on Trump interactions

  The Latest: AP obtains Comey memos on Trump interactions The Latest on former FBI Director James Comey's memos (all times local):7:45 p.m.The Justice Department has sent Congress confidential memos written by former FBI Director James Comey.In a letter sent to three Republican House committee chairmen Thursday evening, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd writes that the department is sending a classified version of the memos and an unclassified version. The department released Boyd's letter publicly, but not the memos.Boyd writes that the department "consulted the relevant parties" and concluded that releasing the memos would not adversely affect any ongoing investigations.

DCNF Sues Justice Department For Comey Memos On Trump Talks. Comey also wrote four classified memos about his talks with Trump, in addition to the three unclassified memos requested. Behind The IG Report — How The Obama Justice Department Tried To Shut Down

Has the Justice Department or FBI in fact determined that any of the memoranda Mr. Comey sent Professor Richman contained classified information? [6] Kyle Cheney, Comey Associate Says He Turned over Memos to the FBI, Politico (June 13, 2017), https


But the newly released memos could cause problems for Comey. 

The Journal noted that Comey himself redacted classified elements in one of those memos, and another memo had material later upgraded by the FBI to “confidential” (a low classification level). 

They apparently were among the four memos Comey gave to friend Daniel Richman, a professor at Columbia Law School. 

In the seven total memos handed over to congressional committees, eight of the 15 pages have redactions under classified exceptions. They include classified information at one of the most sensitive levels -- SECRET -- as well as the lower level of confidential.

In one memo documenting his January 2017 Trump Tower meeting, Comey wrote that the material should be classified at the SECRET level unless the intelligence agencies thought otherwise.

House GOP committee chairmen rip Comey over memos

  House GOP committee chairmen rip Comey over memos A trio of GOP House committee chairmen late Thursday blasted former FBI James Comey for the contents of his memos he authored after his meetings with President Trump.House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) had fought for access to the memos as part of a probe into potential bi as within the FBI and Justice Department.

which contained personal recollections of his conversations with the president, in hopes of launching a special probe into the president’s alleged Russian collusion. There was just one problem: according to a blockbuster report from The Hill, in addition to the leaked memos , Comey also leaked classified

In its court filing opposing the release, the Justice Department also asserts that some of the Comey memos contain classified material . Both cases have been consolidated in (Cable News Network, Inc., v. Federal Bureau of Investigation (No. 1:17-cv-01167)).

“I am not sure of the proper classification here,” Comey writes, “so have chosen SECRET. Please let me know if it should be higher or lower than that.”

This, too, could be at odds with Comey’s June 2017 Senate testimony that he avoided classified material in the memos so that they could be widely shared. 

The scrutiny of Comey comes as his former deputy McCabe faces potential legal complications from another IG probe that found he lied about a leak to The Wall Street Journal. The IG referred the findings to the U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., to determine whether to seek charges. 

Comey has backed the IG’s findings and said Thursday that he "could well be a witness" in a criminal case against McCabe. 

McCabe attorney Michael Bromwich on Friday said McCabe is “upset and disappointed” about Comey's comments. 

Comey taps former US attorney as personal lawyer: report .
Former FBI Director James Comey has reportedly hired his close friend and former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as one of his personal lawyers.Two Capitol Hill sources confirmed to Talking Points Memo (TPM) that Comey had retained Fitzgerald, though it was not immediately clear in what capacity he made the hire.Fitzgerald, who has known Comey for decades, declined to comment to TPM on the report. David Kelley, one of Comey's attorneys, declined to confirm or deny whether Fitzgerald had joined Comey's legal team.

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