Documents uncovered by Judicial Watch reveal that FBI agents visited former FBI director James Comey’s home in June of 2017 and collected “as evidence” four memos that allegedly detail conversations he had with President Trump.
These extraordinary FBI docs further confirm that James Comey should never have had FBI files on @RealDonaldTrump at his home and that the FBI failed to secure and protect these private and classified files. https://t.co/5lD3racipq
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) July 31, 2019
The memos were collected by the FBI on June 7, a month after President Trump fired Comey, and the day before he admitted to congress that he leaked the memos to the media “because [he] thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”
“Comey’s illegal leaking these FBI files as part of his vendetta against President @realDonaldTrump (directly resulting in the corrupt appointment of Robert Mueller) ought to be the subject of a criminal investigation,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton tweeted after releasing the documents.
The memos are dated February 14, 2017; March 30, 2017; April 11, 2017; and “last night at 6:30 pm.” According to the documents, Comey claimed that he wrote two other memos after conversations with Trump, but somehow those were “missing.”
Comey’s interview at his residence was scheduled in advance, “for the purpose of providing certain classified memoranda (memos) to Corney for review,” the FBI document states. This would suggest that the purpose of the visit was to help the fired FBI director prepare for his appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee the next day.
After being advised of the identity of the interviewing Agents and the nature of the interview, Comey provided the following information:
After reviewing the memos, Corney spontaneously stated, to the best of his recollection, two were missing.
During the interview, at approximately 10:15 a.m., Comey voluntarily provided the interviewing Agents four memos. Comey had these memos in his possession when he met interviewing Agents.
By giving the FBI all the memos he had in his possession, Comey could tell the Senate Judiciary Committee the next day that he no longer had any copies of his memos to give to Congress—which is precisely what he did:
LANKFORD: Let me walk through a couple things with you. Your notes are obviously exceptionally important because they give a rapid account of what you wrote down and what you perceived happened in those different meetings. Have you had the opportunity to reference those notes when you were preparing the written statement you put forward today?
COMEY: Yes. I think nearly all of my written recordings of my conversations, I had a chance to review them before filing my statement.
LANKFORD: Do you have a copy of any of the notes personally?
COMEY: I don’t. I turned them over to Bob Mueller’s investigators.
LANKFORD: The individual that you told about your memos, that then were sent on to The New York Times, did you have a copy of the memos or told orally?
COMEY: Had a copy at the time.
LANKFORD: Do they still have a copy of those memos?
COMEY: Good question. I think so. I guess I can’t say for sure sitting here, but — I guess I don’t know. But I think so.
LANKFORD: So the question is, could you ask them to hand that copyright back to you so you can hand them over to this committee?
The Hill‘s John Solomon reported in July of 2017 that officials familiar with the docs told him “more than half of the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information.”
The conservative watchdog released the documents on Wednesday.
“These extraordinary FBI docs further confirm that James Comey should never have had FBI files on President Trump at his home and that the FBI failed to secure and protect these private and classified files,” Fitton said in a statement. “Mr. Comey’s illegal leaking these FBI files as part of his vendetta against President Trump (directly resulting in the corrupt appointment of Robert Mueller) ought to be the subject of a criminal investigation.”
According to former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, the matter is currently under review by U.S. Attorney John Huber.
During an appearance on Fox News Monday, Whitaker let slip, “we still have Huber out there looking at some of these things regarding Comey’s memos and the like.”
As the Conservative Treehouse notes, the FBI has been fighting like the dickens to keep even the Comey memo(s) content from the public.
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