James Comey Faces Another Investigation, This Time Over Leaked Memos, Michael Horowitz Says

The inspector general of the Department of Justice confirmed Monday an investigation into former FBI director James Comey’s apparent leak to the press of memos describing his interactions with President Donald Trump last year, as he was grilled by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Michael Horowitz, who authored the report released Thursday that gutted Comey’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s private email server investigation, told committee members that he had received a referral from the FBI to probe Comey’s leak.

Comey admitted to the very same committee last year that he intentionally leaked one of his memos to an intermediary, who then relayed the information to The New York Times. In May of last year, and exactly a week after Trump fired Comey, the Times published a story citing Comey’s memo, which claimed Trump had asked him to “let this go” in reference to the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey asserted that he believed Trump was attempting to obstruct the FBI’s investigation of Flynn, and that the president’s apparent request was an example of highly improper contact between an FBI director and a president.

Following Comey’s dismissal—which Trump claimed was over the handling of the Clinton investigation—and his testimony before Congress, the president labeled Comey a “leaker” while calling for an investigation by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the rest of the justice department.

“James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH...” Trump tweeted April 13.

Three days after he fired Comey, Trump alluded to “tapes” that could have proven the longtime federal prosecutor and investigator wrong. No such proof has yet to be released by the president or anyone else.

“James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” the president tweeted on May 12, 2017.

With Horowitz's confirmation of a probe into Comey’s leak, the president and his allies may have even more ammunition to discredit Comey following the IG report last week. The report described the serious missteps Comey took, as well as his break from normal FBI procedures.

Trump has since used the report’s findings to blast Comey further, while his personal attorney claimed the revelations should be reason enough for special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election to end.

However, Horowitz’s report stated no “political bias” was discovered during its investigation.

"We also found that, in key moments, then-FBI director Comey clearly departed from FBI department norms, and his decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the justice department as fair administrators of justice," Horowitz told the committee.

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