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Prelude to a Reckoning

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Yes, Comey Broke the Law

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Just because the IG found that Comey (or Richman) didn’t give classified info to reporters doesn’t mean classified information wasn’t mishandled. In fact, the report makes clear that several memos contain information ranging from Confidential to Secret (both are categories of classification).

Taken from a Fox News report:

Although Comey said he wrote the memos so that they would not contain classified information, two of his memos–memos “1” and “3”–contained information later classified at the “SECRET” level. Memos “2” and “7” contained small amounts of information classified at the “CONFIDENTIAL” level. The FBI designated memos “4, 5, and 6” remained unclassified–“For Official Use Only.”

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Comey, whom Trump fired in May 2017, denied that sharing the memos with his legal team constituted a leak of classified information. Instead, he compared the process to keeping “a diary.”

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“I didn’t consider it part of an FBI file,” Comey told Fox News’ Bret Baier last year, referring to the memos. “It was my personal aide-memoire…I always thought of it as mine.”

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According to the report, Comey reviewed his memos on the back porch of his home on June 7, 2017, after the FBI provided them to him. His first reaction was that some of the classification markings seemed “reasonable” and some seemed “overly conservative.” Comey took issue with the classification markings on “memo 2,” noting that he “did not see how release of that [information] damages the security of the United States.”

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Despite Comey’s comments last year claiming that he considered his memos “personal,” the inspector general’s report stated that: “As Comey well knew, classified information is never considered personal property; rather, it is the property of the U.S. government.”

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Comey’s memos included a slew of other secretive information, including the “code name and true identity” of a confidential source, according to a court-ordered filing by the Justice Department earlier this year.
Comey meticulously outlined “foreign intelligence information obtained from and through” the key human source, “information about whether the FBI initiated coverage through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) on a particular individual,” relevant “sources and methods” used in the FBI’s investigation, as well as “information concerning the President’s foreign policy decisionmaking,” according to the DOJ.

Note that the IG acknowledges that Comey “well knew” that these memos weren’t some kind of damn diary. That lie insults the intelligence of anyone with more than a minute of operational security training. It also eliminates any notion of Comey skating due to perceived incompetence, as the IG affirmed he knew better.

So what is the reason for the lack of prosecution? Supposedly it’s because it would constitute unfair prosecution, as the DOJ would then have to prosecute everyone who has left a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmentalized Info Facility) with confidential or secret material. The implication is that this is a common crime committed by those with security clearances. As someone who held a very high clearance for a prolonged amount of time, I don’t buy this at all. There are search protocols at SCIF exits that would make it hard for someone to just waltz outside with classified info unless they were deliberately trying to sneak it through.

Additionally, there’s no way in Hell code names and identities of HUMINT (human intel) sources are Secret or Confidential. That is highly classified information that never goes below TS/SCI (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Info). Often times it falls under TS/SCI//SAP (Special Access Program), which is a need-to-know designation that is considered above top secret.

Strzok, Page and the gang clearly did Comey a huge favor in their “examination” of his memos for classification. Page is a lawyer so perhaps she can claim ignorance. Strzok, on the other hand, is a counterintelligence guy and fully understands everything I just said to be true.

They were officially given the task of classifying those memos, however, and their appraisal of things has been deemed official as well. All the same, even with a much lower classification, laws on the handling of classified information apply. And Comey broke them, period. It doesn’t matter that he kept it in a safe or blacked it out when passing along his memos to his partners in the Fake News media. Like Hillary, he’s at least guilty of breaking the gross negligence statute. And like Hillary, he won’t be prosecuted for it.

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