FBI agents swarmed former FBI Director James Comey’s house in search of evidence and memos well after he was fired by President Donald Trump, according to a reported by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch.
Agents seized four memos as “evidence” but Comey told authorities “spontaneously” that he was missing two other memos they were after.
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Judicial Watch obtained the records in a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice that was resolved Wednesday.
The conservative legal watchdog obtained one document dated Jun. 9, 2017 FBI Collected Items Log that read:
“On June 7, 2017, at approximately 10:15 A.M., Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agents (SA) [redacted] and [redacted] collected memorandums (memos) as evidence from James Comey at his residence at [redacted].”
The evidence gathered were four memos of notes — 9 total pages — that Comey wrote between Feb. 2016 and “last night at 6:30 pm.”
Comey told agents during the interrogation that the “second page of the memo dated March 30, 2017 had the incorrect banner line classification of SECRET//NOFORN rather than UNCLASSIFIED//FOUO at the top and bottom of the second page.” In the past, many of Comey’s memos have included mislabeled classified materials.
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The revelation that the FBI had retrieved memos from Comey’s residence long after he was fired by Trump comes at a bad time for Comey. According to Fox News, Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz’s team referred Comey for possible prosecution this week for violating classified information protection laws after he admitted to leaking classified anti-Trump information to the media.
The Department of Justice will decline to prosecute Comey for the leaks, reports indicate — a blow to conservative critics.
“But the IG report, at least, reaffirms what has become painfully clear to Americans the past two years: Comey entered the FBI chief’s job with a reputation for excellence but ran a bureau that suffered from ineptitude, political shenanigans, leaking and significant human failings, all of which sharply contrast with the morality lectures he’s become famous for frequently offering since he was fired,” John Solomon wrote for The Hill.
And the disgraced FBI lawman isn’t safe yet.
He’s still facing questions on his conduct during the 2016 election that could lead to prosecution — and possible jail time.
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Comey and other anti-Trump agents inside both the FBI and DOJ are still the subject of multiple ongoing investigations by the Inspector General and Attorney General William Barr’s special prosecutor John Durham — investigations far more serious than leak probes.
Durham’s investigation is focused on uncovering the truth regarding the origins of the Russian-Trump conspiracy theory. That includes Comey’s authorization of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) wiretap of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
“There are significant issues emerging with how the FISA was handled and other conduct in the investigation, and everyone involved remains under scrutiny,” a source told Solomon.
In other words, the legal noose may be tightening around Comey’s neck — and the more we discover, the worse it looks for the former FBI boss.
The Horn editorial team