Former FBI Director James Comey left some scratching their heads after demanding an apology from those who called him a “leaker” after it was revealed that he disclosed sensitive information.
On Thursday, the inspector general for the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report that outlined the actions taken by Comey following the 2016 election and his eventual removal from the department.
The report found that Comey had leaked handwritten notes to third parties which were eventually published by the New York Times. The report concluded that Comey had leaked this information to trigger an investigation into President Donald Trump.
The DOJ opted not to press charges against Comey, but did conclude that the former director had set a “dangerous example” for the department. (CE: Page 60-61)
“Former Director Comey failed to live up to this responsibility. 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 […] Were current or former FBI employees to follow the former Director’s example and disclose sensitive information in service of their own strongly held personal convictions, the FBI would be unable to dispatch its law enforcement duties properly.”
Despite the report’s harsh words about the former director’s behavior, he still took to Twitter to run a victory lap and demand an apology from those who had called him a “liar and a leaker.”
And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me “going to jail” or being a “liar and a leaker”—ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president.
— James Comey (@Comey) August 29, 2019
DOJ IG "found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media." 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.
— James Comey (@Comey) August 29, 2019
Many were outraged with his behavior, both in the details from the report and in his online responses. Several took to Twitter to call out his confusing celebration by highlighting the behaviors found in the report.
A curious request given the report's bottom line was in fact this: "We conclude that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement." https://t.co/TOP5btZxNE
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) August 29, 2019
Holy shit: the arrogance and self-regard of @Comey is unparalleled. The Inspector General from his own Department just issued a scathing report accusing him of wrongdoing so severe that it "shocked" his own colleagues & he's demanding apologies instead of expressing contrition: https://t.co/skZkCzQZYf
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 29, 2019
Comey celebrating a report, which clearly lays out his ethical depravity and disregard for the rules of his employment, is the Comiest Comey thing ever. What a clown 🤡 this guy is.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) August 29, 2019
James Comey vs. Reality pic.twitter.com/Ce5pqg4gjz
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 29, 2019
So James Comey was- it’s official now- a sanctimonious, self-righteous bureaucrat who believed in holding other people to standards that he himself was free to break when he saw fit
This should surprise no one
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) August 29, 2019
Many top Republicans also called out Comey for the behavior outlined in the report.
Now we know why Comey didn’t want to prosecute Clinton—he didn’t see a problem mishandling sensitive information. After clearing her, he did it too!
Comey, like Clinton, thinks he’s above the law.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) August 29, 2019
This is the first of what I expect will be several more ugly and damning rebukes of senior DOJ and FBI officials regarding their actions and biases toward the Trump campaign of 2016.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 29, 2019
The IG Report on Director Comey is out:
"We conclude that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement"
It says he "set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees"
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) August 29, 2019
President Trump also chimed in, claiming the report left the former FBI director “thoroughly disgraced.”
Perhaps never in the history of our Country has someone been more thoroughly disgraced and excoriated than James Comey in the just released Inspector General’s Report. He should be ashamed of himself!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2019
As for Comey, he will not be held legally responsible for any of the details outlined in the inspector general’s report, but he still remains the focus of the investigation into FISA warrant abuse.