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Justice Department Investigating if Comey Illegally Leaked Info on Russian Document

Justice Department Investigating if Comey Illegally Leaked Info on Russian Document

The investigation includes a Columbia law professor, who is a long-time friend of Comey and received security clearance.

The Department of Justice has begun an investigation into whether then-FBI Director James Comey leaked classified information on a Russian document.

The New York Times reported Thursday night:

Law enforcement officials are scrutinizing at least two news articles about the F.B.I. and Mr. Comey, published in The New York Times and The Washington Post in 2017, that mentioned the Russian government document, according to the people familiar with the investigation. Hackers working for Dutch intelligence officials obtained the document and provided it to the F.B.I., and both its existence and the collection of it were highly classified secrets, the people said.

The document played a key role in Mr. Comey’s decision to sideline the Justice Department and announce in July 2016 that the F.B.I. would not recommend that Hillary Clinton face charges in her use of a private email server to conduct government business while secretary of state.

The document has “a discussion between Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., then the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and Leonard Benardo, who worked with the George Soros-founded group Open Society Foundations.”

Schultz told Bernado that “then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch would ensure Clinton was not prosecuted in the email probe.”

Schultz and Bernado denied having contact with each other. Both said “the document was meant to be Russian disinformation.”

Despite people calling the document unreliable, it played a key “role in Comey’s decision to unilaterally announce in the summer of 2016, without seeking Lynch’s approval, that no ‘reasonable prosecutor’ would charge Clinton.”

Comey used it because he thought “Russia could leak the email and undermine the investigation’s appearance of impartiality otherwise.”

The department has also focused on Columbia law professor Daniel Richman, a long-time friend Comey. They want to know if he “played a role in providing the information to reporters about the Russia document and how it figured into Mr. Comey’s rationale about the news conference.”

Comey hired Richman as an FBI consultant. He helped with “encryption and other complex issues.” Richman had security clearance and a badge to enter the FBI building.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe already admitted he lied to investigators about leaking information to the media.


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Law enforcement officials are scrutinizing? That’s the main ingredient in an organic nothingburger!


The same crooked FBI,DOJ.

2smartforlibs | January 17, 2020 at 2:32 pm

James Bond Comey doesn’t make the call on the classification of the info he gave away.

The wheels of justice barely move because they are rusty. Somebody needs to apply some oil.

DoJ is investigating the DoJ. Makes perfect sense, I guess, if you live inside the Beltway.

DoJ is investigating the DoJ. Makes perfect sense, I guess, if you live inside the Beltway.

May I remind everyone that after 3 years, not a single deep-stater has gone to prison for deep-stating.

Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

Didn’t Mollie Hemingway or Kim Strassel say that they thought this was a direct leak from the Comet legal team to sideline the public?

More BS from Barr! Whether he legally or illegally leaked is kinda irrelevant as he is on YouTube lying about leaking while under oath.

I seem to recall a Senator (Cornyn?) asking Comey, UNDER OATH, if he’d ever leaked or authorized/facilitated the leaking of classified material to media. “No. Never” said Comey.
Isn’t lying to Congress a felony?!?
Guess the “Magic ‘D'” after his (and Hillary’s) name gives immunity from prosecution…

“Equal Justice Under the Law”
Hillary’s people were given immunity and allowed to sit in on her softball “interview” over a July 4th weekend.
Trump’s people had their doors broken down (in effect) at 6 AM with CNN cameras rolling.
When the Department of Justice (FBI, CIA) and State Department are corrupt and the people know it, U.S. society breaks down.
The enemy isn’t “Russia-Russia-Russia!”, it’s Us-Us-Us.

Since Comey has already admitted giving confidential memos to his lawyer to give to the media, should be a very short investigation.

This excerpt from an interview might be useful when debating Comey’s defenders. Younger readers might be surprised at the identity of the interviewee. Anyone who said the same it nowadays would be excoriated as alt-Right:

“In the need to develop a capacity to know what potential enemies are doing, the United States government has perfected a technological capability that enables us to monitor the messages that go through the air. (…) Now, that is necessary and important to the United States as we look abroad at enemies or potential enemies. We must know, at the same time, that capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left: such is the capability to monitor everything—telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide.

“If this government ever became a tyranny, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know. Such is the capability of this technology. (…)

“I don’t want to see this country ever go across the bridge. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.”

The interviewee was Senator Frank Church (D-ID) on NBC’s Meet the Press (August 17, 1975).

BierceAmbrose | January 18, 2020 at 5:59 pm

So, I’m confused. Didn’t he admit, nay proudly proclaim, that he dispatched controlled docs to his un-cleared laywer friend, so they could be leaked to the press to provide justification for an “investigation?”

Why does anybody need to investigate anything else? That one’s a one-way ticket to club fed, at least for us regular humans.