Whoops! Looks like every single memo leaked by former FBI Director James Comey was deemed classified by the FBI’s Chief FOIA officer – according to a sworn declaration obtained by Judicial Watch.
In an appearance on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs, Judicial Watch director of investigations, Chris Farrell, says that Mr. David Hardy – the FBI’s Chief FOIA officer, declared all of Comey’s memos “all of them, were classified at the time they were written, and they remain classified.”
Recall that Comey initially told congressional investigators he tried to “write it in such a way that I don’t include anything that would trigger a classification.” That notion was blown out of the water this week when Sen. Chuck Grassley said that four out of the seven Comey memos he reviewed were “marked classified” at the “Secret” or “Confidential” level. Well – it looks like it was more than four…
We have a sworn declaration from David Hardy who is the chief FOIA officer of the FBI that we obtained just in the last few days, and in that sworn declaration, Mr. Hardy says that all of Comey’s memos – all of them, were classified at the time they were written, and they remain classified. –Chris Farrell, Judicial Watch
Therefore, Farrell points out, Comey mishandled national defense information when he “knowingly and willfully” leaked them to his friend at Columbia University.
It’s also mishandling of national defense information, which is a crime. So it’s clear that Mr. Comey not only authored those documents, but then knowingly and willfully leaked them to persons unauthorized, which is in and of itself a national security crime. Mr. Comey should have been read his rights back on June 8th when he testified before the Senate.
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