Published: Tue, July 11, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Trump Suggests Fired FBI Director Broke the Law by Releasing Memos

Trump Suggests Fired FBI Director Broke the Law by Releasing Memos

"I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible".

He also retweeted a number of "Fox and Friends" clips, including one related to New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio's absence at a vigil ceremony for a slain NYPD officer. As such, their removal is a direct violation of 18 USC 1924, which forbids the "Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material".

Donald Trump's choice to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will appear before a Senate panel this week, two months after the President abruptly fired James Comey from the post, the media reported on Monday.

The Hill's reporting raised "the possibility", Solomon reported, that "Comey broke his own agency's rules and ignored the same security protocol" that Comey criticized Hillary Clinton for disregarding.

Second, even if we assume the report is accurate (as I am inclined to do), it indicates that at least four of the seven memos contain classified information - not that all of them do.

Former FBI Director James Comey previously revealed he kept records of his conversations with President Donald Trump.

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Which memos were leaked will be key. Worth noting, intent is not the standard of the violated statutes.

In a Congressional testimony last month, Comey said he considered those as his personal documents.

Here, Trump is referencing the outrage his daughter generated by sitting in for her father at the G20 leaders' table, days after the White House adviser told Fox News that she tries "to stay out of politics".

In short, Comey has some 'splaning to do. That statute governs the "Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information". It may have happened after Comey leaked it, meaning 18 USC 793 wouldn't apply, though 18 USC 1924 probably still would.

If confirmed, Wray will not preside over the Russian Federation probe - the federal investigation is now led by Robert Mueller, a former FBI director chosen by the Justice Department to serve as special counsel. "I will surrender upon demand by the FBI, or upon my separation from the FBI, all materials containing FBI information in my possession", reads the agreement. Then testifying under oath, saying Hillary Clinton did so many bad things but we're not going to prosecute her. It was a ridiculous, and easily disproven, claim but it was ultimately the final decision.

Richman did share the contents of one memo, he said, but "the substance of the memo passed on to the Times was not marked classified and to my knowledge remains unclassified". It's like the year of Jim Comey going rogue. For starters, The Hill's report is based on leaks (which, I'd note, the president is not complaining about this time). But neither crossed the line into willful criminality.

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