In a shocking story sure to cast doubt on the political motivations of fired FBI director James Comey, The Hill reported on Sunday evening that Comey’s contemporaneous memos regarding his meetings with President Trump contained classified information.
According to The Hill:
More than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.
Comey, of course, admitted before Congress that he had leaked those memos to a friend at Columbia University in order to prompt the appointment of a special counsel to look into accusations of Trump-Russia collusion and any attempted cover-up. Comey stated that he believed those documents to be personal property, and said that some of them might contain classified information, but not the ones he handed to his friend.
The FBI explained to Congress that all of Comey’s memos were government documents. At least four of the memos “had markings making clear they contained information classified at the ‘secret’ or ‘confidential’ level.”
This does put Comey in danger of violation of his employment contract with the FBI, although it is unclear whether Comey could be prosecuted under federal law.