James Comey's Memos of Trump Conversations Reportedly Contained Classified Information

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 10, 2017

A new report from The Hill on Sunday night claims that former FBI Director James Comey included classified information in his private memos he had written about his conversations with President Trump.

Comey testified last month that he considered the memos to be his own personal property.

If true, Comey could have broken the FBI's own rules for security protocols that was an issue he criticized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for making when she served as Secretary of State.

Comey, who was sacked by Trump in May, said in congressional testimony last month that he gave a memo describing his conversations with Trump to a close friend and told him to share its contents with a reporter.

Comey reportedly kept seven memos of nine conversations with Trump, and four were marked "secret" or "confidential", according to sources.

Comey's friend, Daniel Richman, shared details of the memo Comey wrote after the February 14 meeting with a reporter at The New York Times.

Comey's memos have been big news since he admitted during Congressional testimony that he shared one of them with a Columbia University lawyer, Daniel Richman, and asked him to leak information to The New York Times.

"So you didn't consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document?" Roy Blunt, R-Mo., asked Comey on June 8.

'I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president.

He argued he did so as a "private citizen" and that these were his "personal documents".

In an exclusive story, The Hill reported that "more than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russian Federation investigation have been determined to contain classified information", attributing that finding to anonymous sources familiar with them.

Comey believed that the memos he wrote were unclassified.

However, he also hinted his memos could have contained classified information but that he "immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation".

The FBI has strict policies barring agents from revealing classified information about ongoing investigations without permission. In addition, documents created as part of official duties are considered government property.

The revelation that Comey's memos contained classified information could lead congressional investigators to probe whether the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief mishandled classified information.

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