When we return our attention to this bizarre episode in history some decades from now, a great deal of attention will likely be paid to the story of James Comey.
The former FBI chief, now disgraced, has been at the center of a number of controversial political maneuvers, all executed in such a way as to behoove the democratic party. During the 2016 election, Comey declined to prosecute Hillary Clinton regarding her illegal and immoral private email server at the State Department, despite the overwhelming evidence and his own admission that Clinton had acted inappropriately.
Comey was then embroiled in a leaking scandal aimed at disparaging the Trump administration.
Somehow, Comey has skirted justice once again.
The Justice Department has decided against prosecuting former FBI Director James Comey for leaking classified information following a referral from the department’s inspector general, sources familiar with the deliberations told Fox News.
“Everyone at the DOJ involved in the decision said it wasn’t a close call,” one official said. “They all thought this could not be prosecuted.”
Comey penned memos memorializing his interactions with President Trump in the days leading up to his firing. He then passed those documents to a friend, Columbia University Law Professor Daniel Richman, who gave them to The New York Times. Comey admitted to that arrangement during congressional testimony.
After the fact, the FBI classified two of those memos as “confidential.”
Here’s how Comey got away with it:
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz had referred Comey for potential prosecution as part of an internal review.
But one of the key factors leading to the DOJ declining to prosecute apparently was the fact that the two memos were labeled “confidential” after he set in motion the chain of events that led to them ending up with the press.
Despite not having to legally atone for his actions, Comey may face some retribution in the public sector as Horowitz’s report is set to be released “imminently”, according to the DOJ.
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