Use the form below to reset your password. Mueller ultimately declined to charge Trump with obstruction of justice, though he told Congress he hadn't exonerated the president either. The report faults "Comey for acting unilaterally and inconsistent with Department policy", and says he "merits criticism", but does not say he broke the law.
It is the second time Comey has been criticized by the Inspector General's office, which concluded previous year that he made a "serious error of judgment" when he announced shortly before the 2016 election that he was re-opening an investigation into Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server when she was secretary of State. "I don't need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a "sorry we lied about you" would be nice".
'He should be ashamed of himself!'
The inspector general's office found Mr Comey's rationale lacking.
"With what I know about Ukraine and elsewhere, I am sure that this happened and went higher and lower than Comey".
[And] he's being berated in a scathing tone by the inspector general because he used and leaked these memos for personal and political gain, according to Mr. Horowitz.
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The memos are a small but fascinating part of that.
Comey made a decision to share the contents of his memo after Trump fired him in May 2017.
Mr. Comey did officially mark that memo "Secret".
He also failed to return his memos to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after he was dismissed in May 2017, retaining copies of some of them in a safe at home, and shared them with his personal lawyers, the report said. "On top of all of that, in violation of law, he kept and disclosed classified information". He mentioned he continued engaged on Memo 1 till he arrived on the FBI's NY area workplace, the place Comey gave a "quick download" of his dialog with President-elect Trump to Rybicki, McCabe, Baker, and supervisors of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigative crew by way of safe video teleconference (SVTC).
Trump is unlikely to apologize, just as Comey defenders are unlikely to walk back their support based on his actual missteps.
It was not immediately clear what Trump meant, but in May he shared a tweet by a supporter that said he should have two years added to his term as compensation for having endured the investigation of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III III into possible coordination between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
That is indeed what happened, with the special counsel finally completing the investigation this year. That probe unearthed numerous contacts between the campaign and Russian officials but concluded that there was not enough evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy. That doesn't mean what he was doing was right.
It was Comey, after all, who said Clinton and her aides were "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information. But history will be the ultimate judge, and I see it being more favorable to Comey than the I.G. was.
"In a sense, he has profited from what he did, and that bothers a lot of people", he said. The report refutes any claim that the then-director was justified in taking these actions.
Lew Schiliro, former head of the FBI's NY field office, said Mr. Comey injected politics into something that should have been free from that taint. They've issued a number of lawsuits that have produced documentation showing details about the "insurance policy" fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe worked on with FBI Intelligence Agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.