James Comey Is Under INVESTIGATION And This 1 Detail May Spell His DOOM

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has confirmed that former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey is being investigated by his department for his handling of classified information.

Comey, who led the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of classified information, is now being investigated for potentially sharing classified information when he gave at least two memos to his friend and Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman.

As Fox News reports, “at least two of the memos he shared with his friend… contained information now deemed classified.”

On Monday, Horowitz shared the confirmation during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray.

“We received a referral on that from the FBI,” Horowitz said, responding to  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, as Fox News reports. “We are handling that referral and we will issue a report when the matter is complete and consistent with the law and rules.”

Here’s more from the report:

Comey, back in April, confirmed to Fox News’ Bret Baier that the IG’s office had interviewed him with regard to the memos, but downplayed the questions over classified information as “frivolous” — saying the real issue was whether he complied with internal policies.

Grassley, though, told Horowitz on Monday, “I don’t happen to think that is frivolous.”

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Comey, in testimony before Congress last year, acknowledged he shared the memos with the intention of leaking to the press and spurring the appointment of a special counsel.

In April, Fox News initially learned that Horowitz was looking into whether classified information was given to unauthorized sources as part of a broader review of Comey’s communications outside the bureau—including media contact.

Here’s the real kicker…

According to Fox News, Comey denies that the information he shared was classified. He instead argues that the memo he gave to his friend was his personal take on the information – rather than sharing the information directly.

“I didn’t consider it part of an FBI file,” Comey said. “It was my personal aide-memoire…I always thought of it as mine.” The former FBI director compared his memo to that of a diary.

Interestingly, while Comey does not consider the information to be classified, some of the information in his memos had to be redacted before they were shared with Congress.

As Fox News reports, “But in seven Comey memos handed over to Congress in April, eight of the 15 pages had redactions under classified exceptions.”

So, as a former FBI Director, Comey thought he could tell people about classified information so long as he did not share the direct files? Scary.

Comey was supposed to testify before the Senate hearing on Monday. Per the Washington Times, his lawyer said Comey was out of the country:

Fired FBI Director James B. Comey refused to appear before Congress on Monday to talk about his handling of the Clinton email investigation, and his fired deputy, Andrew McCabe, asserted his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, Sen. Charles E. Grassley said.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch also declined to show up for a major hearing where the Senate Judiciary Committee was looking into the inspector general’s report detailing major bungles in Mr. Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation.

Mr. Comey’s lawyer said he was out of the country — though Mr. Grassley, committee chairman, said he saw Mr. Comey was in Iowa over the weekend, visiting a key state in presidential campaigning.

“He has time for book tours and television interview, but apparently no time to assist this committee,” Grassley said.

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