One of the big bombshells from former FBI Director Jim Comey’s testimony was that he was a Deep State leaker.
He thought he could get away with it.
But now his admission just landed him in hot water.
Comey leaked memos to associates who pushed them out into the press, and these leaks eventually led to the appointment of a Special Counsel.
George Washington Law Professor Jonathan Turley wrote on his website how Comey may have violated federal non-disclosure laws:
“The problem is that Comey’s description of his use of an FBI computer to create memo to file suggests that these are arguably government documents. Comey admitted that he thought he raised the issue with his staff and recognized that they might be needed by the Department or Congress. They read like a type of field 302 form, which are core investigatory documents.
The admission of leaking the memos is problematic given the overall controversy involving leakers undermining the Administration. Indeed, it creates a curious scene of a former director leaking material against the President after the President repeatedly asked him to crack down on leakers.
Besides being subject to Nondisclosure Agreements, Comey falls under federal laws governing the disclosure of classified and nonclassified information. Assuming that the memos were not classified (though it seems odd that it would not be classified even on the confidential level), there is 18 U.S.C. § 641 which makes it a crime to steal, sell, or convey “any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof.”
Others also questioned that if Comey typed out his memo on his FBI laptop, does that make it a classified document?
If Comey typed memo on classified laptop, was memo classified? Was his post WH meeting memo classified? If so, did C leak classified info?
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) June 8, 2017
Comey’s potentially illegal leaks could explain why he never pressed for the leak investigations Trump wanted.
While this leak occurred after Comey’s firing, it’s a fair question to ask if he engaged in other leaks that could be considered illegal.
Comey needs to answer if he leaked other info. Was this the only time? If not, when? What issues? Agents can't leak. Nor shld the Director.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) June 9, 2017
Calls for an investigation into Comey’s behavior will only grow louder.
And at least one legal expert believes there are grounds for a criminal inquiry.
What are your thoughts?
Should Comey be investigated for being a Deep State leaker?
Let us know in the comment section.