WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Monday accused James Comey of leaking classified material in response to a report claiming that half the memos Comey wrote detailing Russia-related conversations with the president contained top secret information.
The allegations against Comey, who was fired from his position as FBI Director by Trump months ago, suggest that Comey may have violated the same rules and ignored the same security protocols that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in 2016.
A report published by The Hill (http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/341225-comeys-private-memos-on-trump-conversations-contained-classified) quoted “officials familiar with the documents,” who claim Comey authored a total of seven memos that detailed his talks with Trump in regard to Russia and that four of them contained classified material at the “secret” or “confidential” level.
While testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, Comey admitted to leaking at least one memo to the press in what he them claimed was an effort to get a special prosecutor appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“So you didn’t consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document?” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked Comey on June 8. “You considered it to be, somehow, your own personal document that you could share to the media as you wanted through a friend?”
“Correct,” Comey answered. “I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president. As a private citizen, I thought it important to get it out.”
According to The Hill’s report, the memos were recently obtained by Congress, much to the president’s dismay.
“James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!” the president tweeted in response to the revelations on Monday.
The news on Comey comes just one day after Donald Trump Jr admitted to having met with a Russian lawyer in the Spring of 2016 who promised “dirt” on his father’s then political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. According to the younger Trump, the information turned out to be flimsy and unsubstantial and nothing came of the talks.
Trump, Jr., claims that he met with the Russian lawyer on his own accord and that his father knew nothing of the meeting. Democrats, however, have seized the opportunity to call for Trump’s impeachment, claiming the admission serves as proof of collusion between Russia and the Trump administration to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
The White House claims no wrong doing in regard to the controversy.