I have some shocking news. Our nation’s former chief law enforcement officer has possibly engaged in the most corrupt, sleaziest, and troubling behavior a public official could possibly engage in. Indeed, what all of our nation’s news sources agreed was the most egregious possible misconduct in a campaign in which one of the candidates was a prolific con artist with a tendency to boast about sexual assault and make racist remarks. Prepare to have your illusions shattered:
At least two of the memos that former FBI Director James Comey gave to a friend outside of the government contained information that officials now consider classified, according to people familiar with the matter, prompting a review by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog.
Of those two memos, Mr. Comey himself redacted elements of one that he knew to be classified to protect secrets before he handed the documents over to his friend. He determined at the time that another memo contained no classified information, but after he left the Federal Bureau of Investigation, bureau officials upgraded it to “confidential,” the lowest level of classification.
The Justice Department inspector general is now conducting an investigation into classification issues related to the Comey memos, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mr. Comey has said he considered the memos personal rather than government documents. He has told Congress that he wrote them and authorized their release to the media “as a private citizen.”
I’m so outraged by this nearly unprecedented misconduct I’m not even sure what to say. At the very least, this behavior was extremely careless.
I trust that Comey’s reputation will never recover!