Skip to comments.Report: IG Horowitz Preparing 'Damning Report' on Comey; Has Referred Him for Possible Prosecution
Posted on 08/01/2019 6:22:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Inspector General Michael Horowitz is preparing a "damning report"on former FBI director James Comey's conduct and has referred him for possible prosecution under the classified information protection laws, the Hill's John Solomon reported Wednesday night. Unfortunately, Solomon is reporting that Department of Justice prosecutors under Attorney General William Barr have decided not to prosecute Comey for the alleged infractions.
According to Solomon's sources, the IG report will conclude that Comey "leaked classified information and showed a lack of candor," but DOJ prosecutors declined to bring charges because they didn't think they had enough evidence to prove that Comey intended to violate the law.
It won't be lost on conservatives that "lack of evidence of intent" is the same rationale Comey used to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for violating the Espionage Act when she mishandled classified information on her home-brew email server while secretary of State.
The allegations in question concern a memo Comey leaked to a friend specifically to be published by the media with the intention that it would prompt the appointment of a special counsel. That memo allegedly contained information classified at the lowest level of confidential and the classification was made by the FBI after Comey had leaked the information, the sources said.
The DOJ did not want to make its first case against the Russia investigators with such thin margins and look petty and vindictive, a source told Solomon, explaining the DOJs rationale for declining to prosecute a technical violation.
Comey is not completely off the hook, however. He and others inside the Obama-era FBI and the DOJ still face legal jeopardy in other ongoing probes by the IG and Barr-appointed special prosecutor John Durham.
Those investigations are focused on the origins of the Russia investigation that included a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant targeting the Trump campaign at the end of the 2016 election, the source said.
There are significant issues emerging with how the FISA was handled and other conduct in the investigation, and everyone involved remains under scrutiny, a second source said.
According to former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, the Comey memos were under review by U.S. Attorney John Huber.
During an appearance on Fox News Monday, Whitaker let slip, we still have Huber out there looking at some of these things regarding Comeys memos and the like.
The IG report on Comey's handling of classified memos is expected to come out in the next few weeks, according to the Hill.
The memos, which mostly recount Comeys interactions with Trump in the Russia case and include information about foreign leaders, were sensitive enough to require government officials to send a professional scrub team to a Comey lawyers office to ensure all classified information was deleted, sources previously told me.
In addition, the IG is likely to find that Comey engaged in a lack of candor when FBI agents came to retrieve the classified memos in his possession, failing to tell the interviewing agent that he had forwarded some of the sensitive memos by email, according to sources familiar with the probe.
Documents released Thursday by the FBI to the conservative group Judicial Watch support that conclusion, showing the FBI report on its meeting with Comey at his home to recover the memos made no mention that the ex-director had forwarded the memos on to others.
Comeys interview with the FBI at his residence was scheduled in advance, for the purpose of providing certain classified memoranda (memos) to Corney for review, the FBI document released by Judicial Watch states.
As Comey was scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee the next day, this would suggest that the purpose of the visit was to help the fired FBI director prepare for his appearance.
Moreover, by giving the FBI all the memos he had in his possession, Comey could tell the senators the next day that he no longer had any copies of his memos to give to Congresswhich is precisely what he did.
Although the former director is expected to escape prosecution, the IG report is expected to damage Comeys "carefully manicured image as a law-and-order FBI director," Solomon notes.
But the IG report, at least, reaffirms what has become painfully clear to Americans the past two years: Comey entered the FBI chiefs job with a reputation for excellence but ran a bureau that suffered from ineptitude, political shenanigans, leaking and significant human failings, all of which sharply contrast with the morality lectures hes become famous for frequently offering since he was fired.
Solomon told One America News that the IG report on Comey's handling of classified memos will be "a stinging rebuke" of his conduct while serving as Obama's FBI director.
Is this different than the things Barr already said he wouldn’t prosecute him for, as stated in articles on here yesterday?
Be alert, be vigilant, be duped!!!!
Comey and his homey.....................
His intent was crystal clear in my mind . . . .
I am sorry officer...
I didn’t intend to run the red light...
This is total bs!! My US Rep and Senators are going to hear me screaming and yelling in their phones regarding this Comey matter. How dare we not see this man prosecuted to the fullest extent. I an sick and tired of these types walking around with their pie holes open!!
Sailor takes an ill-advised selfie aboard a sub...prison. FBI purposely leaks classified information for political reason...skates.
All equal under the law, I see.
I don’t mind the strategy of getting a better case to prosecute, but I think Barr should have sat on the IG report and said nothing, or that it was being reviewed for action, no decision at this time. That would be better than saying no prosecution at this time. Make the deep state squirm.
Sorry, until I see the report released, and the recommendation for prosecution, I am not going to get excited.
You could add “Be patient” to your list, but as mature adults everyone should already know that.
John Solomon isn't always right.
John Solomon isn't always right.
It’s not about “intent”.
“The DOJ did not want to make its first case against the Russia investigators with such thin margins and look petty and vindictive, a source told Solomon, explaining the DOJs rationale for declining to prosecute a technical violation.”
They have him on much more consequential matters concerning fraud and the FISA court.
Barr to date has been excellent......Don’t have any reason to believe that he won’t take the appropriate actions against Comey on the big stuff. Time will tell.
YEA, like Bill Barr isnt a member of the deep state!
“YEA, like Bill Barr isnt a member of the deep state!”
Yep, that’s why he appointed Durham, the baddest a$$ prosecutor in the country to pursue these matters.
You can understand the deep state, know how it works and who is a charter member and even how to manipulate it to your advantage without being a part of it.
That’s my evaluation thus far of Bill Barr.
Wasn’t Huber charged with investigating the manner in which Hillary’s email fiasco was handled? Little is heard about this issue and it is fast fading into obscurity.
It may be that Horowitz and Barr are ‘fishing’ for bigger fish and want an agreeable Comey to provide evidence. There are five or six people around Obama, who had bigger roles, and they might be the targets of Barr.
If you look at the landscape, there is some kind of timed event for this impeachment game to play out (probably around Feb-Mar of 2020)....to damage Trump. However, Trump could use his team to go and subpoena a number of Trump officials, and literally destroy the credibility of the whole 2008-2016 ‘team’. Trump may see his ‘ship’ potentially sinking, but he’ll latch on and take the whole Obama-crew down with him.
Barr has a tough choice. He can preserve the dignity and integrity of the DOJ and FBI or he can preseve the country. One hopes he would realize this while he still has the choice.
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