President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday where he ripped former FBI director James Comey after the release of the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz’s report on his findings of Comey’s handling of memos documenting private conversations with the President.
The report documented “numerous violations” by Comey, including giving one memo containing unclassified information to a friend, Daniel Richman, with instructions to share the contents with a reporter, and failing to notify the FBI after he was dismissed in May 2017 that he had retained some of the memos at his house.
“On May 16, 2017, Comey provided a separate copy of Memo 4 to Richman, who was one of Comey’s attorneys and also a close personal friend. Richman also had served as a Special Government Employee at the FBI during a portion of the time that Comey was FBI Director. Comey sent photographs of both pages of Memo 4 to Richman via text message from Comey’s personal cell phone. Comey instructed Richman to share the contents of Memo 4, but not the Memo itself, with a specific reporter for The New York Times,” the report states.
President Trump tweeted on Thursday following the release of the IG’s report: “Perhaps never in the history of our Country has someone been more thoroughly disgraced and excoriated than James Comey in the just released Inspector General’s Report,”
“He should be ashamed of himself!” the President declared.
The IG report looked into memos Comey wrote between January 2017 and April 2017 about conversations with Trump that Comey found unnerving or unusual. These include a dinner at which Comey says Trump asked him to pledge his loyalty to him and a private Oval Office meeting weeks later at which Comey says the president asked him to drop an FBI investigation into Flynn, as reported by Fox News. (Continued Below)
One week after he was fired, Comey provided a copy of the memo about Flynn to Dan Richman, his personal lawyer and friend, and instructed him to share the contents of it with a specific reporter from The New York Times. Comey has said he wanted to make details of the conversation public in hopes of triggering the appointment of a special counsel to lead the FBI investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, per Fox News.
James Comey responded to the report on Twitter afterward by downplaying the seriousness of IG’s findings. He claimed that he isn’t a “liar and a leaker”.
Comey tweeted on Thursday: “DOJ IG ‘found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media.’ I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a ‘sorry we lied about you’ would be nice. And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me ‘going to jail’ or being a ‘liar and a leaker’—ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president.” (Video Below)
Despite the findings that Comey violated FBI rules, the Justice Department declined earlier in August to file any charges against the former FBI director.
Catherine Herridge reports; watch:
President Trump’s official tweet:
Perhaps never in the history of our Country has someone been more thoroughly disgraced and excoriated than James Comey in the just released Inspector General’s Report. He should be ashamed of himself!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2019
James Comey’s official tweets:
And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me “going to jail” or being a “liar and a leaker”—ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president.
— James Comey (@Comey) August 29, 2019
DOJ IG "found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media." I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a “sorry we lied about you” would be nice.
— James Comey (@Comey) August 29, 2019