Trump’s Justice Department To Investigate Comey Again

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Now that Trump and the GOP have finally ended a relentless investigation of Hillary Clinton which led to finding nothing substantial, it appears now that Mr. Trump’s Just Department wants to investigate former FBI Director James Comey.

According to The New York Times:

‘Federal prosecutors in Washington are investigating a years-old leak of classified information about a Russian intelligence document, and they appear to be focusing on whether the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey illegally provided details to reporters, according to people familiar with the inquiry.’

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This is the second time the Justice Department has investigated leaks potentially involving Comey. Comey has repeatedly been a large target of Trump, and the president has called him a “leaker.” Trump has suggested without evidence that Comey should be prosecuted for “unlawful conduct” and spend years in prison.

The Times reported:

‘The timing of the investigation could raise questions about whether it was motivated at least in part by politics. Prosecutors and F.B.I. agents typically investigate leaks of classified information around the time they appear in the news media, not years later. And the inquiry is the latest politically sensitive matter undertaken by the United States attorney’s office in Washington, which is also conducting an investigation of Mr. Comey’s former deputy, Andrew G. McCabe, that has been plagued by problems.’

According to The Times:

‘Law enforcement officials are scrutinizing at least two news articles about the F.B.I. and Mr. Comey, published in The New York Times and The Washington Post in 2017, that mentioned the Russian government document, according to the people familiar with the investigation.’

Dutch intelligence officials obtained the document from hackers and provided it to the F.B.I., and it then became a highly classified secret.

The Times reported:

‘The document played a key role in Mr. Comey’s decision to sideline the Justice Department and announce in July 2016 that the F.B.I would not recommend that Hillary Clinton face charges in her use of a private email server to conduct government business while secretary of state.’

Officials determined that other memos Comey wrote contained classified information, but prosecutors did not charge Comey with illegally disclosing the material. However, the Justice Department’s inspector general referred his findings to prosecutors in New York and concluded that Comey had violated F.B.I. policy.

According to The Times:

‘The latest investigation involved material that Dutch intelligence operatives siphoned off Russian computers and provided to the United States government. The information included a Russian analysis of what appeared to be an email exchange during the 2016 presidential campaign between Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat of Florida who was also the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the time, and Leonard Benardo, an official with the Open Society Foundations, a democracy-promoting organization whose founder George Soros, as long been a target of the far right.’

Wasserman Schultz suggested in an email that then-Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch would make sure that Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted in the email case. Both Wasserman Schultz and Bernado denied being in contact, suggesting that the document was meant to be Russian disinformation.

The Times reported:

‘That document was one of the key factors that drove Mr. Comey to hold a news conference in July 2016 announcing that investigators would recommend no charges against Mrs. Clinton. Typically, senior Justice Department officials would decide how to proceed in such a high-profile case, but Mr. Comey was concerned that if Ms. Lynch played a central role in deciding whether to charge Mrs. Clinton, Russia would leak the email.’