DOJ Inspector General Investigating James Comey for Release of Classified Memos…

According to Fox News Catherine Herridge reporting, Inspector General Michael Horowitz is investigating the unauthorized distribution of classified memos by former FBI Director James Comey.   The Wall Street Journal is also reporting that two of the four memos Director Comey gave to his friend Daniel Richman contained classified information.

According to the WSJ report: “At least two of the memos that former FBI Director James Comey gave to a friend outside of the government contained information that officials now consider classified, according to people familiar with the matter, prompting a review by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog.”

It is further reported that James Comey redacted elements of one memo himself in an effort to protect secrets before he handed the documents over to his friend Daniel Richman.  Comey made the self-determination that no another memo contained classified information.  However, after he left the FBI officials upgraded the second memo content to “confidential” after a review.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is now conducting an investigation into the releases of the memo and the overall circumstances surrounding the releases. Previously Comey stated he considered the memos personal records and not government documents. He told congress he wrote them and authorized their release to the media “as a private citizen.”

Mr. Comey gave four total memos to Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman. In an earlier congressional review of the issues Senator Chuck Grassley reviewed all of the memos and submitted questions to the DOJ about the classification issues.  During the Grassley review three memos were considered unclassified at the time and one was said to contain classified information.

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318 Responses to DOJ Inspector General Investigating James Comey for Release of Classified Memos…

  1. Clara says:

    They just played a clip of Comey on Fox, from when he was testifying before Congress, in which he said specifically that he wrote the memos in such a way that they could be “easily shared” with other staff in the FBI, and other government agencies. This was his “they’re not classified” defense. But unfortunately it completely undoes his “they were my personal memos, for personal use only and were not government property” defense.

    Liked by 16 people

    • ablefox says:

      As all the DDD reports become reality.

      Liked by 2 people

      • frankie says:

        President Trump’s enemies are going to clog the federal criminal court. Then they will have to worry about predators in prisons.

        Speaking of sex offenders, on the website is a post called “A Bill of Rights to Protect Women and Children from Sexual Abuse.” It has a list of laws, if passed, along with firearms, that would protect women and children. Compelling read.

        The author gives President Trump credit for recent moves against the online sales of girls and actual prosecution of these vermin, instead of soliciting them for contributions and girls like the Clintons would do.

        Thanks, Sundance and team, for another week of incredible journalism.

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    • frankie says:

      President Trump’s enemies are going to clog the federal criminal court. Then they will have to worry about predators in prisons.

      Speaking of sex offenders, on the website is a post called “A Bill of Rights to Protect Women and Children from Sexual Abuse.” It has a list of laws, if passed, along with firearms, that would protect women and children. Compelling read.

      The author gives President Trump credit for recent moves against the online sales of girls and actual prosecution of these vermin, instead of soliciting them for contributions and girls like the Clintons would do.

      Thanks, Sundance & Team for incredible journalism.


    • Oren V says:

      THey are notes taken recollecting what happened in an official capacity. They are not personal.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. bitterlyclinging says:

    [“There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to heal and a time to kill,
    a time to build and a time to tear down,
    a time to laugh and a time to weep,
    a time to dance and a time to mourn,
    a time to gather stones and a time to scatter
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to mend and a time to tear,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace’]

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  3. ablefox says:

    Q iz a Berniebot.


  4. Sneaky Pete says:

    Int. article about how Comey could possibly skate on the passing classified docs charge.


    • eagledriver50 says:

      HMMMMM Hot Air, No less…Guess they are following up on their title of being a giant GAS BAG!!! /s

      Liked by 4 people

    • Max Liberty says:

      That was interesting, although I don’t think Comey will skate.

      Liked by 1 person

    • 17CatsInTN says:

      It’s Hot Air. Which means it’s exactly that. They went over to the dark side a long time ago.

      Liked by 5 people

    • jeans2nd says:

      That article is bogus crap. Perennial NeverTrumper Allahpundit should read the law.

      Comey was an Original Classification Authority (OCA), and may classify his own memos. OCA is lost when one leaves one’s OCA postion. Comey had been fired. Comey had no authority to redact or declassify anything. CFR 7.20 (e)
      Consider the source.

      Liked by 5 people

      • JonMaxwell says:

        So was Hilary she’s also an original classification authority, been my argument, since this whole email charade started.

        Liked by 2 people

        • jeans2nd says:

          Yes. But Hillary had no authority to declassify, either, as she had already left gubmint. And intent is not in the law.


          • maga2004 says:

            Jeans, i keep hearing that Comey has set a precedent and now, it has screwed up any prosecution for similar crimes.

            I say “horsepucky”! He doesn’t write the laws, he is supposed enforce them. What he did for himself and Hillary was strictly for Both their benefits.

            Speaking of Comey and Hillary; i wouldn’t be surprised in the least if all of Mrs. Comey’s “friends” that were working for Hillary didn’t tell Mrs. C what they wanted from her husband – they created a grapevine directly from Hillary to Comey.

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  5. Perot Conservative says:

    I’m thinking champagne and caviar, which I never do.

    Or go West Coast. Strong margaritas and ceviche with chips!

    Day laborers I have spoken with were united. “Obama es puto … promised us papers.”

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  6. lieutenantm says:


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  7. Stormyeyes says:

    The series of tweets that follow this are worth the read:

    Liked by 3 people

    • SW Richmond says:

      “…destroyed the rationality and sanity of.millions of people”.

      Those who believed this Russia nonsense and went along with it aren’t best thought of as “people”, they are best thought of as “enemies”, enemies who want to steal everything from you, and if they want to destroy themselves then I hope they succeed.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Rhoda R says:

        No, some are sheep and will believe anything their leadership tells them, others are just not much interested in politics and get their info from the biased enimedia sources. Probably their exposure to news is the TV in the background during dinner. Not enemies, just clueless. Although I grant you that a lot of people out there ARE our enemies – particularly those in academia.

        Liked by 1 person

        • maga2004 says:

          Rhoda, i am a precinct clerk here in my state; let me say that a bumper sticker I once say sums it up.

          “I think, therefore I vote Republican.”


    • daystarmin says:

      Sad to say many folks actually believe what MEN spouts daily is real news and they swallow hook, line and snker. I’m just sayin’.


  8. spren says:

    Newt Gingrich said earlier today on a FBN show that Comey was 6’8″ when he started his book tour and will be 5’2″ when he finishes it.

    Liked by 17 people

  9. Stormyeyes says:

    So what was in Comey’s memos that justified a special counsel? I don’t see it.

    Liked by 8 people

    • Pat Frederick says:

      that’s the million dollar question…

      Liked by 5 people

    • inquisitorLost says:

      A lot of blank space that could stay submerged until Rosey was threatened with impeachment and Mueller found out that the 97% of folks that gave Trump University a good approval rating were responsible for preventing Hillary from ever entering Wisconsin and had at some point in their life, considered what it would be like living in Russia.


    • ezpz2 says:

      Stormyeyes, I think the SC was preplanned. Even if Comey hadn’t been fired, they would have found (fabricated) an excuse for Mueller. I believe it was part of the infamous ‘insurance policy’ referenced in the Stzrok(?) Page texts.

      Liked by 5 people

  10. mjhi11 says:

    Oh what a tangled web we weave…Valerie Jarrett’s daughter Laura was working for CNN in the fall of 2016. Hmm. “CNN has assigned the daughter of one of President Obama’s top advisers to cover the Department of Justice. The network announced in a press release that Valerie Jarrett’s daughter Laura would be one of four reporters to cover the Justice Department in 2017. The New York Post broke the news that Jarrett had been hired in September, though a formal announcement about her beat did not come until Thursday.” –

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  11. But the “intent” to commit a crime was not there, so Comey should skate just like Hillary.


  12. I thought ALL Comey’s memos were made on FBI computers and in addition they contained private “government” conversations with the President – hence they are all government property, Releasing them, whether or not they are classified, is still against the law. Or, am I remiss?

    AMERICA 1st – Forever

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  13. Comey will out rat all the rats

    King Rat

    Liked by 3 people

  14. In one of the memos, Comey said “I said there was something that Clapper wanted me to speak to the [president-elect] about alone or in a very small group” This was the dossier.

    So here’s what happends, Clapper tells Comey he should brief Trump about the dossier under the guise that should the memo be reported on by the media, Trump at least knows about it. Then Clapper leaks to CNN that Trump was brief about the dossier, which gives CNN the “hook” it is looking for to report on. Now CNN reports this on Tuesday Jan 10th. The briefing is held on Friday Jan 6th, so don’t want the report on Friday as this would minimize its impact with the weekend coming up. Now the Golden Globes are Sunday night Jan 8th, so the Monday Jan 9th media cycle will be dominated by those and could limit the visibility of the report. So CNN releases its story on Tuesday Jan 10th, thanks to the leak by Clapper, who is now a CNN talking head. Pretty blatant.

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    • Deb says:

      Don’t forget that Buzzfeed reported on it before CNN, and CNN reported on the Buzzfeed article and was excoriated for the lack of journalistic ethics involved. This was all online.

      Which is another reason Clapper and Comey helped them out.


    • Mary Morse says:

      Brennan and Clapper weren’t at the Susan Rice sidebar that followed the breifing, where Obama and Co. told Comey not to share everything.


  15. EricStoner says:

    “[Michael E. Horowitz] is professional and independent and the FBI will cooperate fully with him and his office,” Comey said, according to ABC News. “I hope very much he is able to share his conclusions and observations with the public because everyone will benefit from thoughtful evaluation and transparency regarding this matter.”


    • snellvillebob says:

      Now I am worried that Horowitz is compromised. That just might explain why after investigating for 1-1/4 years not a single indictment has been issued.
      It has become a futile endeavor like Napolaton’s windmill in Animal Farm.


  16. JMC says:

    Re the Comey memo stating Trump said Putin claimed the Russian hookers were the most beautiful. Such a thing WAS SAID by Putin, but NOT to Trump. Putin is quoted as saying that in the London Telegraph on Jan 17, 2017. It is in the headline and in the body of the article. In the article Putin defends Trump. The Drive By Press has turned it into a thing about Trump liking prostitutes. Article linked here: Comey might have mis-remembered, misunderstood, or flat-out lied about what Trump said. This is an important issue. Trump may have quoted the article directly or indirectly in an attempt to show how absurd the dossier accusations were.

    Liked by 3 people

    • jello333 says:

      True, but at the same time, even if Trump and Putin DID joke around about that in private… so what? I’m GLAD they feel comfortable enough around each other to do that. And it humanizes them, too. (Of course that wasn’t Comey’s intent, but that’s another matter.)


  17. scott467 says:

    “According to the WSJ report: “At least two of the memos that former FBI Director James Comey gave to a friend outside of the government contained information that officials now consider classified, ”



    Either it was classified at the time that he leaked it, or it wasn’t.

    THAT is what matters. What they ‘consider’ it to be NOW, a year-plus after the fact, could not be more irrelevant if they had a contest for irrelevancy.

    If it wasn’t classified at the time, then it doesn’t matter WHAT they ‘consider’ it to be NOW, because if it wasn’t classified when he did it, then no crime was committed.

    And if it was classified at the time he leaked it, then it doesn’t matter WHAT they ‘consider’ it to be NOW, because it was a crime then.

    NOW is not the operative context.

    Drives me nuts.

    NVTS nuts.

    Liked by 3 people

    • scott467 says:

      Treat the English language like a rented mule…

      Liked by 2 people

    • KBR says:

      Do not let the word parsing of the MSM upset you.

      Every single classified document that was formerly considered classified and has not been declassified by authority (Comey did not have authority) is
      “NOW considered declassified.”

      See how that works?

      Read Grassley statement again:

      “After a review of the seven memoranda created by former Director Comey, it is now clear that four are marked classified at various levels of sensitivity. Former Director Comey reportedly provided copies of four memos to Columbia Law School Professor Daniel Richman. If true, that would mean at least one disclosed memo contained information now-marked classified.”

      Liked by 3 people

      • SkyPhoenix says:

        Comey would have had to go through a specific, well-defined process before he could release a memo created as he did. One step in the formal process is to have a classifier review it to determine what, if anything, is classified, and if so, at what level the information is classified. The document is then given the overall classification associated with the highest level of classification of all the information identified as classified in the document. It is then appropriately marked and stored.

        He then can only pass the document to a person with the right level of clearance, and only if that person has a valid need to know in the performance of his/her duties for the federal government. Even in such a case, it is more typical that the person could view the original document in an FBI SCIF where it is kept, rather than have a new, duplicate of the original stored in a second location.

        I have given this explanation to help readers understand that multiple steps in the process were violated. Multiple crimes regarding the handling of classified material. The fact that Comey did not get an official classification review does not get him off the hook; it makes the crime even worse.

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  18. L. Gee says:

    Here’s my takeaways from this (sorry if this has already been covered–I’ve read most, but not all, posts): 1. Comey is saying that if you read classified information and then go type it up from memory to distribute to someone without clearance, then that’s hunky-dory! (As a side note, NO WONDER he didn’t see anything wrong with what Hillary did!!!!) 2. Who writes memos to themselves? Unless, of course, this is a memo in the form of a note and not a memorandum. But a memorandum to yourself is just bizarre (To: Me; From: Me; To Whom It May Concern–namely me and anyone I want to leak this information to) 3. If you are writing a memo to yourself–with or without the intention of leaking that memo–wouldn’t you just LEAVE OUT classified information rather than including it and then later marking it out before you handed it off to someone else?

    Yeahhhhh . . . . something in Denmark rotten smells!

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  19. KBR says:

    FYI: Just a bit from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, in re: Daniel Richman’s self described mini- biography:

    See paragraph one of the following PDF:

    As a former District Attorney in the Southern District of New York, Richman absolutely KNEW that Comey’s “memos” were classified. That is obviously why he went into hiding shortly after being questioned previously.

    I might have said that as a Law Professor at Columbia he should know, but since there were reports that Comey was going to teach ETHICS!!! I cannot bring myself to consider any person who is a professor at any law school an expert on anything other than how to break the law.
    If you think the FBI has lost respect of the US public, how much more so should the professors of law at universities lose respect?

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  20. What are the ramifications if Mueller gave Comey immunity? Does Comey skate on everything?

    AMERICA 1st Forever


    • Sylvia Avery says:

      This idea of immunity. It seems to be somewhat elastic, doesn’t it? I remember reading when we all found out that Huma, Cheryl, and the rest of Hill’s posse were all given immunity deals that they could be ripped up poste haste if someone lied or if new crimes were uncovered or something like that. They aren’t cast in stone.


      • Matthew LeBlanc says:

        Footage of a gun drawn, door kicked in, raid by the FBI on the Richman at the Columbia campus would be a gorgeous sight to behold.

        Liked by 1 person

      • All Too Much says:

        You are correct.
        Not even close to a presidential pardon, which some people seem to compare it to.
        Calling it double secret probation would be more descriptive.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Jedi9 says:

        That would also mean Pagliano, and Stone, would be fair game. Although they pleaded the 5th in their testimonies, I still think they could be targeted later on. Funny how we have not heard anything about these people for quite some time!

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  21. Phil aka Felipe says:

    ‘Cardinal Comey’ keeps ripping his own britches. Pretty soon there won’t be anything left of them and he’ll have to don his robe.

    (Speaking of St. Comey. He’s really playing the part. I’ve never seen a real man walk with his hands folded together as he does. What a dolt. Maybe he should lead the P*ssy Hat Parade along with his wife and daughters next time it’s held)

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  22. scott467 says:

    “Comey made the self-determination that no another memo contained classified information.”


    That is not his function. He doesn’t get to decide what is ‘classified’ and what isn’t, there are laws and statutes and codes that determine what is classified. If there is a judgment call, the person leaking the information (illegally) doesn’t get to make that judgment call, his judgment is already compromised by the fact that he is in the process of committing a crime


    “However, after he left the FBI officials upgraded the second memo content to “confidential” after a review.”


    Whatever caused them to ‘upgrade’ it was true at the time of the act, which is what they are basing their determination on, NOT events which transpired after the fact. They can’t go back in time and make something illegal after someone did it.

    Either it was classified by its very nature, based on rules, guidelines, protocol, law, statute or code in force at the time of the crime, or it wasn’t — regardless of when they ‘recognize’ it.

    If it wasn’t de facto ‘classified’ according to some binding legal authority when he did it, then what crime was committed?


    • Dimbulbz says:

      Private confidential conversations with the President are not personal. They are also confidential. If Comey and Trump were fishing buddies, he might have an argument, but he was on the clock, doing his job, the president was also. This is as cut and dried as you can get. Because the President is involved, it is classified, unless HE says otherwise.


  23. zorrorides says:

    Hi juliesparrow, I read about your name and can say, kinda sort of, me too. But of course I don’t have enough prophet to see where this is going. Another treeper (I think) said we’ve been in a dark night of the soul for 17 years since 9-11. I’m feeling so much better now! I think, Yes! I should spruce up and get a new celebration suit, woo hoo!

    Today I saw a youtube by a southern woman about the latest Q posts. She is so lifted up, a little bit happy. She’s wondering if some-surprising-how we can be near the 1000 year reign, tho we didn’t recognize the tribulation, misunderstood catching away. One point is that the wicked have laid up their wealth, and now lose it all; will the righteous receive wealth and be selected into government? Now I’d not thought of that!

    Thank you for your posts. My mentor, also Julia, led us thru the exercises and centering prayer, recently passed on. You would have liked each other. Warm regards!


  24. Mickturn says:

    Comey the COMMIE is GOING DOWN! It will be a hard fall from 6’8″ to the concrete when he bounces his head!
    Hope you have fun with ‘Bubba’ in Prison!


  25. treehouseron says:

    What will be Comey’s downfall is, he has no charisma at all. He comes off as a smug semi-intellectual jerk who isn’t half as smart as he thinks he is.

    Because of this, public opinion is pretty much all against the guy. I think I saw somewhere he’s got about 19% of people who support him…. and we all know these polls are rigged. It’s just really hard to ‘like’ the guy, so the people in charge can prosecute him with 0 fear of a backlash.

    Essentially, he’s such an asshole nobody cares to defend him.

    Not saying that charisma can get you off a charge, it can’t…. but public perception can, at this high level.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Deb says:

      Being a likable guy can earn good will. Good will can get you out of trouble. It seems no one has any good will for Comey.


  26. albrevin says:

    Comey is a mess. He’s got all sorts of different stories and angles he’s touted, testifies as to ‘queasy’ feelings and whatnot, cryptic quoting. The guy’s a shell of himself and the appearance of his wife the other night cemented it. She runs him, has complete control over him including his feelings. He’s a whipped individual.

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  27. investigating, investigating, investigating, investigating, investigating, investigating, investigating, investigating, investigating………………………….

    show me ONE indictment that patriots yearn for
    just one

    investigating inshmestigating

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Atticus "The Deplorable" says:

    And to think; they would have gotten away with it but for the election of PDJT

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Stab, the unstoppable hero says:

    I wish some reporter would stick a microphone in McCabe’s face and ask him. ” If James Comey is charged with leaking classified documents is it possible you will be called to testify? ” That might even make him smile… for just a second.


  30. HOLD ON!
    Comey claims those memos were his private papers that resulted from his activities as the FBI DIRECTOR.
    He wrote them on taxpayer’s paid time.
    He srsly believes that? Anyone else believes that those are not Gov’ment Documents?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Perot Conservative says:

      Comey’s Mom
      Comey’s Uber Liberal Wife
      Peter Comey- pay for play
      Lockhead Martin, who got 17 contracts in one year, just from thd State Dept!
      Tool Comey – who made $6 Million one year via LM / HRC??
      Comey’s butler
      Valerie Jarrett’s Swamp Daughter
      Valerie Jarrett, the 10-year house fest who won’t leave


  31. tav144 says:

    I am fairly well convinced that Comey intended all along to write a tell all book detailing the rise and fall off POTUS Trump had their “insurance policy” paid off like he expected. This is why he had soooo much unnecessary detail in his meetings with Trump. I swear i seriously believe the man is a pathological lying in narcissist completely unhinged from reality. He lives in his own make believe world . I believe he did the sale thing with his drama filled recording of events with Bush and Ashcroft.


  32. Cathy M. says:

    “Comey was being investigated for political interference at time of firing” (Hatch Act)

    Comey was being investigated by the Office of Special Counsel (not to be confused with a “special counsel which is


  33. Nothing new in this story.

    Michael Horowitz started investigating James Comey and Peter Kadzik Jan. 12th, 2017. Horowitz said so in his press release.

    Who is Peter Kadzik?

    For an explanation and a copy of Horowitz’s press release, please check out this post:

    “Internal Affairs’ report of alleged misconduct by James Comey and Peter Kadzik during Trump’s Campaign for President to be released in May”


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