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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Former FBI Director James Comey violated official policy in the way he handled his memos describing his exchanges with President Trump, an investigation concluded - but Comey won't be charged.

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I started reading the OIG report (PDF: apps.npr.org ), and saw this on page 2:

...We found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the Memos to members of the media....

Didn't Pres Trump accuse fmr Dir Comey of doing exactly that? I wonder what evidence Pres Trump had that the OIG did not have.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-29 11:38 AM | Reply

One involved the former director's decision to arrange for a friend to disclose the contents of a memo to a reporter with The New York Times.

What a greasy weasel.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-29 11:39 AM | Reply

The headline of the originally referenced article is a bit misleading since violating department policy is NOT a criminal act, therefore there was NOTHING that they could have prosecuted Comey on. The worst that they could do would be to fire him, but Trump has already taken care of that little detail. The headline just makes it sound like they had a choice of bringing a criminal prosecution and chose not to. I'm sure that Trump will claim that the DOJ's IG is wrong and that Barr should go ahead and arrest Comey anyway. And who knows, he just might try and do that.

OCU

#3 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-08-29 11:45 AM | Reply

#1 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Thats what you are going with? Comey's twitter post?

Comey, the top law man in the country playing favorites in the press, going after the President of the US ......

But But But it wasn't classified ... kinda like Hillary's email server ...

Such BS.

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-08-29 11:47 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#3 | POSTED BY OCUSER

I only got 60 characters, would've have been happy to put the whole title.

But hey deflect with nonsense...

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-08-29 11:48 AM | Reply

I'm around page 35 now, going on to page 36.

It is quite interesting how the NYTimes ~unnamed sources~ turned out to be correct. Again.

...Richman confirmed to the OIG that he was one of the sources for the May
11 article...

Mr Mueller confirmed the veracity of many of the NYTimes and Wash Post anonymous sources, and now the OIG of the DoJ does too.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-29 11:49 AM | Reply

@#5

One of my postings (which recently was put on the front page) had similar deflecting attempts in the comments.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-29 11:51 AM | Reply

@#4 ...Comey, the top law man in the country playing favorites in the press,... Such BS. ...

Yup.

One of the big things within the FBI, from what I've read, is that FBI people not only need to act appropriately and professionally, but they also need to avoid the perception of acting inappropriately.

It is that latter aspect that got Mr Stzok in hot water.


Of course, we could start up a whole 'nother thread (probably one of the longest ever here) on Pres Trump giving an inappropriate perception. And he is The President of the United States. But I won't. ;)

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-29 11:57 AM | Reply

@#4 ... Thats what you are going with? Comey's twitter post? ...

I didn't see his twitter post, I was reading the PDF. What I posted was on page 2 of the PDF.

When I went back to read the entire NPR article, I saw the twitter post saying something similar.


#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-29 12:02 PM | Reply

I only got 60 characters, would've have been happy to put the whole title.

But hey deflect with nonsense...

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris

I was NOT talking about YOUR 'headline' but rather the NPR headline, which you would have realized if you had actually read what I wrote, and I quote:

"The headline of the originally referenced article...

OCU

#10 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-08-29 12:16 PM | Reply

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Comey is lucky Hillary wasn't elected. He'd be pushing up the daisy's for less.

#11 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-08-29 12:16 PM | Reply

DOJ inspector general releases report on James Comey investigation
www.axios.com

...Why it matters: The report, which calls Comey a "dangerous example" for the FBI, is jet fuel for President Trump and allies determined to aggressively investigate the intelligence community's conduct. After evaluating the findings, however, the Justice Department ultimately decided not to prosecute....

The report said it found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys leaked any of the classified information contained in the memos about his personal conversations with President Trump. However, it harshly criticizes him the way for taking the memos home with him and disclosing some of the contents to a friend for the purpose of leaking them to the media and prompting a special counsel investigation....

House Oversight Ranking Member Jim Jordan said in a statement: "Today's report is a disappointing reminder that the former FBI Director put partisanship and personal ambition over patriotism and his legal obligations to the American people...."


Gee, I wonder what Rep Jordan has to say about Pres Trump's (or even his own) actions?

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-29 12:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Comey is lucky Hillary wasn't elected. He'd be pushing up the daisy's for less.

POSTED BY LEE_THE_AGENT AT 2019-08-29 12:16 PM | REPLY

That's no schit. She would cackle about it too.

#13 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-08-29 01:06 PM | Reply

LOL was listening to Brain Kilmeade on my way in to work this morning.

He was trying to hard to breathlessly pump up the findings of this report, neglecting to mention of course that it's far from what they were hyping it as, namely evidence of weaponization of the DoJ against Trump.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-29 01:25 PM | Reply

LOL was listening to Brain Kilmeade on my way in to work this morning.
He was trying to hard to breathlessly pump up the findings of this report, neglecting to mention of course that it's far from what they were hyping it as, namely evidence of weaponization of the DoJ against Trump.

#14 | POSTED BY JPW

The Justice Department inspector general is preparing to release a report on the conduct of fired FBI Director James Comey in the Trump-Russia investigation, according to a number of sources with knowledge of the situation. The specific timing of the report's release is not clear.

The Comey report is separate from a larger inspector general report on the DOJ's handling of the Trump-Russia probe. That report, sometimes referred to by Republicans as an investigation into "FISA abuse," is expected to be released later.

It is not clear why the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, chose to write a separate report on Comey.

Among other things, Comey has been under investigation for his handling of several memos he wrote memorializing conversations with President Trump. The memos began in January 2017, when Trump was still president-elect, and continued until April 2017, the month before Trump summarily fired the FBI director...


www.washingtonexaminer.com

After the Mueller Russian conspiracy thingy fell apart you'd think people like Kilmeade would be smart enough to be cautious about these stories and wait for these reports to be released. He's making the same mistake the MSM made for 2 years over the Mueller report. I guess history is destined to repeat itself.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-29 01:34 PM | Reply

Ooops my bad. I didn't realize they were separate reports.

I guess I'll have to wait for report number 2, but I'm guessing it'll be nothing.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-29 01:39 PM | Reply

Apparently bits of the Comey report have been leaked.

The bits I've read paint Comey in a very bad light.

[FBI] employees may disagree with decisions by prosecutors, judges, or higher-ranking FBI and Department officials about the actions to take or not take in criminal and counterintelligence matters. They may even, in some situations, distrust the legitimacy of those supervisory, prosecutorial, or judicial decisions. But even when these employees believe that their most strongly-held personal convictions might be served by an unauthorized disclosure, the FBI depends on them not to disclose sensitive information.

Even when these employees believe that their most strongly-held personal convictions might be served by an unauthorized disclosure, the FBI depends on them not to disclose sensitive information. Former Director Comey failed to live up to this responsibility. By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees"and the many thousands more former FBI employees"who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information. Comey said he was compelled to take these actions "if I love this country ... and I love the Department of Justice, and I love the FBI."

However, were current or former FBI employees to follow the former Director's example and disclose sensitive information in service of their own strongly held personal convictions, the FBI would be unable to dispatch its law enforcement duties properly, as Comey himself noted in his March 20, 2017 congressional testimony ... This is no doubt part of the reason why Comey's closest advisors used the words "surprised," "stunned," "shocked," and "disappointment" to describe their reactions to learning what Comey had done.


It looks like the Comey report has been released. Here you go, JPW (I'm going to read it too):

oig.justice.gov

#17 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-29 03:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Well, I just read the summary. Unlike the IG report on McCabe, Horowitz didn't make a criminal referral against Comey.

What I read in the summary and from what I scanned of the report, it appears to just get into the weeds of what is already publicly known about Comey leaking his Trump memos to the NYT using a friend as an intermediary.

It was disgraceful behavior on Comey's part. It violated standard FBI protocols and set a terrible precedent. It doesn't sound like he actually broke the law though, hence no criminal referral from the IG.

I don't think much is going to come of this. The only way this report really matters IMO is if it ends up being part of a larger pattern, which the IG report on the Carter Page FISA warrants should she some contextual light on that.

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-29 03:12 PM | Reply

@#17 ... Apparently bits of the Comey report have been leaked. ...

Is it the OIG report I posted a link to in #1?

#19 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-29 03:17 PM | Reply

Yeah, I missed that, Lamp.

I posted the same link in #17.

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-29 03:23 PM | Reply

@#18 ... I don't think much is going to come of this. ...

By Pres Trump's standards, the fact that the DoJ decided not to prosecute means that fmr Dir Comey is completely innocent of anything and everything.

#21 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-29 05:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#21 - It would be funny if Comey tweeted "Not Guilty! No Collusion!!!" lol

#22 | Posted by gavaster at 2019-08-29 05:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Gavaster,

Agreed. That would be some epic trolling.

#23 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-29 06:00 PM | Reply

James Comey @Comey

DOJ IG "found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media." I don't need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a "sorry we lied about you" would be nice.

And to all those who've spent two years talking about me "going to jail" or being a "liar and a leaker""ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president.

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-08-29 06:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Any notion that this report vindicates Comey is absurd.

This report is rather scathing and Comey comes out of it looking really bad.

#25 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-29 06:18 PM | Reply

Aaron Blake @AaronBlake

IG says @Comey "failed to live up to his responsibility" and set a "dangerous example.

Matthew Miller @matthewamiller

Matthew Miller Retweeted Aaron Blake
Asinine. Comey did what he did because the president was actively trying to dismantle DOJ's normal way of operating. The AG and the DAG were both complicit, so Comey had no where else to take his concerns. It must be nice to live in the context-free world inhabited by the IG.

#26 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-08-29 06:26 PM | Reply

#25 so it's Comey's Mueller report?

#27 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-29 06:28 PM | Reply

A good analogy I heard was that the IG's report was like a cop "wanting to give a speeding ticket to a fireman trying to get to a fire". You have to look at the greater good. Without Comey's disclosure, there's a very good chance that there would have been no Mueller Report. And without the Mueller investigation going on for those 22 months, can you imagine what Trump would have tried to get away with knowing the no was looking?

OCU

#28 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-08-29 06:40 PM | Reply

@#25 ... Any notion that this report vindicates Comey is absurd.

This report is rather scathing and Comey comes out of it looking really bad. ...

I was watching Fox News today, and one of the guest lawyers characterized the OIG report as a slight slap on the wrist for Comey.

I tend to agree (though maybe a bit more than a "slight slap"). While the report was not good for fmr Dir Comey, I would not characterize it as "scathing" in the least. I've seen a lot of cherry picking of phrases and sentences, taken out of the mitigating context, that make the report look a lot worse for fmr Dir Comey than it really is.


#29 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-29 06:47 PM | Reply

@#28 ... You have to look at the greater good. ...

One of the things that I got out of reading the report:

The OIG seemed to be of the opinion that the end, no matter how important, did not justify the means that fmr Dir Comey used.

#30 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-29 06:50 PM | Reply

LOL @ the usual (R)tards that act like the Washington Examiner is some sort of legit news source.

#31 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-08-29 07:58 PM | Reply

"LOL @ the usual (R)tards that act like the Washington Examiner is some sort of legit news source.

#31 | POSTED BY ABORTED_MONSON "

ANd the usual suspect attacking the source and not the content.

#32 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-29 08:00 PM | Reply

Wahh we're really upset about the way the country found out the president is a crook! We should never have been allowed to hear about it.

-republicans

#33 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-08-29 08:31 PM | Reply

The real scandal isn't that trump took help from putin and obstructed justice to hide it, the REAL scandal is that americans found out about it.

#34 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-08-29 08:31 PM | Reply

But hey deflect with nonsense...

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris

OK.

Witch Hunt!!!

Total Exoneration!

Caravans of Doom!

Total Exoneration!

17 Angry Democrats (or 13)

Also, definitely NO COLLUSION!!

Definitely totally exonerated!

ps China started it.

#35 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-08-29 09:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Who left Donner's kennel open?

#36 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-29 10:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The real scandal isn't that trump took help from putin and obstructed justice to hide it, the REAL scandal is that americans found out about it.

#34 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2019-08-29 08:31 PM | REPLY

The Americans are finding out the real scandal by Comey, Clinton, Obama, McCabe, Brennon, Clapper, etc. I'm sure you will show us the same outrage over interference in a Presidential election when that is out as you have the the last three years.

#37 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-08-30 09:30 AM | Reply

The Americans are finding out the real scandal by Comey, Clinton, Obama, McCabe, Brennon, Clapper, etc.

Yep, they all conspired individually to uphold federal law and follow their oaths to protect and defend the US Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic.

Obviously treasonous capital offenses in today's upside-down ethics of Trumplandia.

#38 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-08-30 10:12 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Credibility of FBI = 0.

Hoover = Comey

#39 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-08-30 12:07 PM | Reply

Hoover = Comey

Historically ignorant and functionally idiotic.

And that's the kindest thing I can say about such an absurd comparison.

#40 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-08-30 12:56 PM | Reply

Because they both did so much to instill faith in the Federal government and the organisation they led. You funny too.

#41 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-08-30 12:59 PM | Reply

Yep, they all conspired individually to uphold federal law and follow their oaths to protect and defend the US Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic.
Obviously treasonous capital offenses in today's upside-down ethics of Trumplandia.

#38 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2019-08-30 10:12 AM | FLAG: | FUNNY: 1

Yes, they conspired individually for the same end game but far from to protect and defend the US Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic.

#42 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-08-30 01:15 PM | Reply

So Comey had reason to believe the President was trying to obstruct a counter-intelligence investigation. What do you think a law enforcement officer who took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic is supposed to do when he thinks a betrayal of the country is involved?

#43 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2019-08-30 01:22 PM | Reply

The Muller Report clearly says that we were attacked by the Russians. That makes them enemies. Unless you have a different word for someone who attacks you.

#44 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2019-08-30 01:24 PM | Reply

#44 Putting up some dopey facebook ads to try and influence and election is attacking? Sure

#45 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-08-30 01:39 PM | Reply

I saw this quote about Comey:

"He lied to the President, lied about lying to the President, leaked government information to cover up his lying, and lied to the public about his lying."

#46 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-08-30 04:11 PM | Reply

#46 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

And those are his good points!

#47 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-30 04:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Putting up some dopey facebook ads to try and influence and election is attacking? Sure

#45 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

From the Muller Report:

The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and
systematic fashion. Evidence of Russian government operations began to surface in mid-2016. In
June, the Democratic National Committee and its cyber response team publicly announced that
Russian hackers had compromised its computer network. Releases of hacked materials-hacks
that public reporting soon attributed to the Russian government-began that same month.
Additional releases followed in July through the organization WikiLeaks, with further releases in
October and November.

That's a bit more than "some dopey facebook ads".

I don't know if you are a parody or just a troll, but it's a waste of time to take anything you say seriously.

#48 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2019-08-30 08:26 PM | Reply

Comey is an American hero and he will be remembered as that for his courageous acts that led to the Mueller report. Several corrupt senior Trump campaign officials were convicted. Manafort had to forfeit about $40 million of ill gotten gains. This is a win for the USA anyway you look at it.

#49 | Posted by bored at 2019-08-30 09:02 PM | Reply

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