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WASHINGTON—At least two of the memos that former FBI Director James Comey gave to a friend outside of the government contained information that officials now consider classified, according to people familiar with the matter, prompting a review by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog.
Of those two memos, Mr. Comey himself redacted elements of one that he knew to be classified to protect secrets before he handed the documents over to his friend. He determined at the time that another memo contained no classified information, but after he left the Federal Bureau of Investigation, bureau officials upgraded it to “confidential,” the lowest level of classification.
The article goes on to state the following:
The Justice Department inspector general is now conducting an investigation into classification issues related to the Comey memos, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mr. Comey has said he considered the memos personal rather than government documents. He has told Congress that he wrote them and authorized their release to the media “as a private citizen.”
Mr. Comey gave four total memos to his friend Daniel Richman, a former federal prosecutor who is now a professor at Columbia Law School, people familiar with the matter said. Three were considered unclassified at the time and one was classified.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 20, 2018
The best part of the #ComeyMemos is where @Comey says “I don’t do sneaky things” & “I don’t leak”… in the memos he was *sneakily* taking on private classified convos & which he then *leaked* to his friend to *leak* to the media to get a Special Counsel. You can’t make this up. pic.twitter.com/uGwz6ufmTl
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) April 20, 2018
Scoop from @byrontau and @aviswanatha: Two of the memos Comey gave a friend outside the government contained information now considered classified, which has prompted a Justice Department inspector general review. https://t.co/w2jwSYPJkk
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) April 20, 2018
At least two of the memos that James Comey gave to a friend outside of the government contained information that officials now consider classified, people familiar with the matter tell WSJ, prompting a review by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog. https://t.co/NdKMPjUZn7
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 20, 2018
President Trump tweeted late Thursday night, “James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION. Also, he leaked classified information. WOW! Will the Witch Hunt continue?”
James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION. Also, he leaked classified information. WOW! Will the Witch Hunt continue?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018
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