William Barr was seeing red over this decision to jail James Comey
William Barr took over as Attorney General setting his sights on taking down Barack Obama’s Deep State.
One of the biggest targets was former FBI Director James Comey.
And William Barr was seeing red over this decision to jail James Comey.
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his long-awaited report about James Comey leaking memos to a friend to start a special counsel investigation against President Trump.
Horowitz’s report painted a damning picture of Comey, accusing him of mishandling classified information, failing to follow FBI protocol, and setting a bad example for future agents when he leaked memos of his private conversations to law professor Daniel Richman.
NBC News reports:
According an Office of the Inspector General report released Thursday, Comey violated DOJ and FBI policies, as well as the FBI’s employment agreement, by keeping copies of four of his memos in a personal safe and asking a law professor friend to make one memo public after Trump fired him in May 2017.
“The responsibility to protect sensitive law enforcement information falls in large part to the employees of the FBI who have access to it through their daily duties,” Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote in his report.
“Former Director Comey failed to live up to this responsibility,” the report said. “By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees — and the many thousands more former FBI employees — who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.”
But even though Horowitz referred Comey for criminal prosecution, career officials at the Department of Justice protected Comey by not following through on prosecution.
That tied Attorney General Barr’s hands and left him furious.
But Comey will not be the last chance to hold Deep State officials accountable for trying to overthrow Donald Trump.
Attorney General Barr is not yet done with his own investigation and the DOJ is still debating charging disgraced former FBI Director Andrew McCabe with lying to investigators about press leaks during the Hillary Clinton email investigation.