by Ruth Riddle:
This article was written in collaboration with Karen Schweitzer. She is a former owner of a telemarketing company and a current consultant in that industry. She lives in Florida, and is a long-time Trump supporter.
This is such an easy question to answer. YES!! Comey leaked the memos and then lied about leaking. The memos were not declassified until April 2018. Comey was fired on May 9, 2017, and leaked several memos around the same time (to whom and why is still being argued). The memos in question (7 memos, 15 pages) include the following:
Date of Memo/Classification
The four classified memos (Secret and Confidential) indicate in footers that they were “Declassified in part” on April 19, 2018. Comey designated his January 7 memo as “SECRET.” Following is an excerpt from the memo wherein Comey writes that he has classified the memo.
The heading from the January 7 memo is as follows. Exact words from the memo are in italics.
From: COMEY< JAMES (DO) (FBI)
Sent: Saturday, January 07, 2017 1:42 PM
To: MCCABE, ANDREW G. (DO)(FBI); BAKER, JAMES A (OGC) (FBI), RYBICKI, JAMES E. (DO) (FBI)
Cc: COMEY JAMES B (DO) (FBI)
Subject: My notes from private session with PE on 1/6/17 – SECRET//ORCON/NOFORN
Classified by: Director
Derived From: FBI NSIC dated 20130301
Declassify On: 20271231
The first paragraph reads:
What follows are notes I typed in the vehicle immediately upon exiting Trump Tower on 1/6/17. Although I wrote this less than five minutes after the meeting and have tried to use actual words spoken, including quoting directly in some places, I have not used quotations marks throughout because my purpose was to capture the substance of what was said. I am not sure of the proper classification here so have chosen SECRET. Please let me know of [sic] it should be higher or lower than that.
The body of the memo is not included in this article; you can find these memos online.
The bottom of this and the other three classified memos state:
NSC Declassification Review (EO 13526)
DECLASSIFICATION IN PART
The SECRET and CONFIDENTIAL memos were “Declassified in Part” on April 19, 2018, almost a year after Comey was fired.
Comey is claiming that these memos were part of his personal diary and as such he was able to share them with others. Obviously, anything that is marked Secret and Confidential is not Comey’s personal property but the property of the US Government and FBI. Furthermore, it is commonly understood in government and the private sector that work product is owned by the employer. Comey has claimed during the book tour interviews that the memos were part of a diary. Clearly, this is a false statement. Bret Baier questioned the issue of leaking. Comey denied that he leaked. Well, what is the meaning of leaked? What is the meaning of classified? Comey insists he neither lied nor leaked.
As President Trump stated, “Comey is a liar and a leaker.”