On Sunday, The Hill newspaper reported citing its sources that over half of the memos, which Comey wrote as "personal recollections" of his conversations with Trump about Russia's alleged meddling into the 2016 United States presidential election, had contained classified information.
According to the report, congressional investigators have already begun examining whether Comey's creation, storage, and sharing of the memos violated Federal Bureau of Investigation policy. "It's against the law".
Comey told Congress that he gave one memo to a Columbia law professor, later identified as Daniel Richman, who read the contents of that memo to a New York Times reporter.
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Contrary to the president's assertions, however, nothing in the report stated that any of the classified information contained within the Comey memos leaked out to the press.
On the basis of what we now know, it does not appear that Comey committed a crime. "The memos contained classified information is true when considering the memos as a group".
In a column on Comey's memos a month ago, I explained that there was no doubt the memos were government documents (regardless of the former director's suggestion that they were his personal property, memorializing his "recollection recorded" of his conversations with the president). But according to the Hill, the F.B.I. designated them as government documents, which means Comey could have also violated F.B.I. policy by disclosing the single memo.
Following his dismissal, reports mounted that Trump asked Comey if he was under investigation in a separate FBI probe, and sought to have Comey end an investigation into former top administration official Michael Flynn. Comey, in a June 8 hearing in Congress, had said that he hoped there were tapes to support his view that in their discussions Trump had pressured him over the Russian Federation probe.
Comey is already under the scrutiny of congressional investigators over his handling and sharing of the memos.
In congressional testimony, Comey said he believes Trump fired him because he resisted the president's request that he "let this go" regarding an investigation into former Michael Flynn and his contacts with the US ambassador to Russian Federation. The clip is misleading because the Hill reported that four of the memos are classified but didn't say which level of classification.