The Justice Department determined they WOULD NOT seek to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday, partly due to their belief that not enough evidence was available showing Comey had knowledge of violating laws when handling classified information.
The case was referred by the Justice Department inspector general’s office for potential prosecution in the handling of memos Comey wrote concerning his interactions with President Donald Trump before his firing, which later were confirmed to include classified information.
In June 2017, Comey admitted during testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he had sent the memos to a friend, Columbia University Law Professor Daniel Richman, who in turn, gave the documents to a reporter with The New York Times and some of the memos were subsequently published on May 16th, 2017. In one of these memos, Comey claims President Trump asked for his loyalty. It was only later the FBI determined two of the shared memos to contain classified information.
Last year Comey told Bret Baier with Fox News, “I didn’t consider it part of an FBI file. It was my personal aide-memoire…I always thought of it as mine.”
“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter—I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” Comey testified.
“I was worried that the media was camping at the end of my driveway, my wife and I were going away,” Comey said. “I was worried it would be like feeding seagulls at the beach if it was I who gave it to the media, so I asked my friend to.”
Comey, as well as other key players in the FBI and DOJ are not exactly off the hook just yet, however. Special prosecutor John Durham, appointed by Attorney General William Barr, as well as the IG currently have probes looking into the origin of the Russia Investigation, including a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant used to specifically target the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, sources told The Hill.
“There are significant issues emerging with how the FISA was handled and other conduct in the investigation, and everyone involved remains under scrutiny,” a second source told The Hill.