Here's Just How Badly James Comey Mishandled Classified Information Per New Documents

FBI Director James Comey pauses while making a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Comey said the FBI will not recommend criminal charges in its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

As I shared last night, sources are telling The Hill’s John Solomon that James Comey was referred to the DOJ for prosecution. This deals with his mishandling of classified memos, which he purposely leaked to get Robert Mueller appointed.


Unfortunately and inexplicably, those same sources are also saying that the DOJ is going to decline to prosecute due to a lack of evidence to prove intent. This is confusing for several reasons, not the least of which is that Comey admitted in a Congressional hearing that he purposely leaked the memos.

At nearly the same time that news broke, Judicial Watch obtained documents that show just how badly James Comey mishandled classified information.

Not only was Comey keeping confidential and classified government documents at his house, which is illegal in and of itself, but he “lost” memos as well. Here’s what one of those memos was about.


There’s noway that’s a coincidence. The most likely reason Comey “lost” that specific memo is because he lied to the President about what surveillance had been used against his campaign and associates. But no matter. Comey just has to say he misplaced it and all of this just goes away apparently.

So to recap, Comey illegally possessed government documents at his house, he leaked those documents for partisan reasons, he admitted to leaking them for partisan reasons, and he “lost” other memos which likely contained further incriminating evidence against him.

Despite that, he’s not going to be prosecuted because of a lack of intent, which is not even required by the specific criminal statute. What I’m quickly learning is that intent is a meaningless term in Washington, used only as a means to deflect responsibility. A “get out of jail free card” for the entrenched elite. No amount of direct admission and obvious evidence is ever enough.

Think about how ridiculous this is. James Comey investigated Hillary Clinton and cleared her of mishandling classified materials, citing lack of intent. Now, he’s getting off for the same crime, for the same reason. The culture of corruption within our government is just perverse. No one is ever held accountable for anything. It’s the epitome of a two tiered system of justice.


I wish I could say I hold the same faith that my colleague Elizabeth does on the matter, but I believe this is it for Comey. I don’t believe this is all part of a plan to nail him on some bigger charge down the road. If they can’t prove intent here, when he directly admitted what he did, there’s noway they can prove intent dealing with FISA abuse (and that’s assuming you could pinpoint a specific statute violated anyway given how ungoverned the FISA court is). Comey did also lie to the FBI, but the DOJ has already said they won’t prosecute that either according to Solomon’s sources.

In the end, nothing changes. No one is made to pay and this kind of ingrained corruption within our bureaucracies will undoubtedly continue.


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