The Department of Justice is now comparing former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey to Wikileaks because after he was fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017, he gave the New York Times a February 14, 2017, memorandum written about a one-on-one conversation he had with President Trump regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
But was that memo for purposes of law enforcement or a shot at Trump, who had just fired him from his position?
Judicial Watch reports:
Comey testified under oath before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that he authored as many as nine such memos about his one-on-one conversations with President Trump. He also admitted, regarding the “Flynn” memo, “I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter [for The New York Times] … I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.” The New York Times published a report about the memo on May 16, 2017. Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed the following day.
On June 16, 2017, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Department of Justice failed to respond to a May 16 FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01189)). Judicial Watch seeks:
FBI Director James Comey’s February 14, 2017 memorandum…memorializing an Oval Office conversation he had with the President on that date regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
In its lawsuit Judicial Watch refutes the Justice Department’s claim of exemption for law enforcement purposes:
Ex-Director Comey plainly did not use the February 14 Memo for any recognized or legitimate law enforcement purpose. He used it to settle a score with the President, who had just fired him.
Judicial Watch argues that if disclosure of the “Flynn” memo would harm the Russia investigation, then the Justice Department should have taken steps to “address Ex-Director Comey’s removal of the memo from the FBI, leaking of the memo to the media, and subsequent testimony about the memo, to the extent that testimony was unauthorized and not coordinated with [the Justice Department], the FBI, and/or Special Counsel Mueller. Removal of government records is a federal offense.” While the Justice Department compares Comey to WikiLeaks, it makes no claim to have addressed Comey’s misconduct. Judicial Watch points out that its “failure to do so further undercuts any claim of harm” to an ongoing law enforcement investigation.
Once again, we are dealing with a Justice Department that continues to fail to bring justice to corrupt DC politicians and employees. Why is Jeff Sessions not doing his job? Why is President Trump not taking care that the Laws be faithfully executed?
I just wrote on this very subject of where the responsibility lies here the other day in addressing the issue of President Trump’s frustration at the DOJ not investigating Hillary Clinton.
The issue is really not one of politics unless that is what you want to make it. It is an issue of the president doing his constitutional duty, and making sure the laws are enforced. That is what he is in office to do, not promote healthcare or provide legislative direction, but make sure the law is upheld.
Watching what we are seeing take place, it looks like James Comey will get away with breaking the law just like Hillary Clinton.