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James Comey violated FBI policy in handling of Trump memos, but won’t be prosecuted: Justice Department watchdog


Former FBI Director James Comey arrives to testify during a closed House Judiciary Committee meeting on Capitol Hill in December 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Former FBI Director James Comey violated bureau policy but didn’t break the law by feeding a memo he wrote about a private meeting with President Trump to the press, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Thursday.

In a long-awaited report on the May 2017 leak, Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded Comey broke with protocol by sending the memo to his attorney along with instructions to share its contents with a reporter.

However, as the memo did not contain classified material, Horowitz reiterated the Justice Department’s decision earlier this month that it won’t prosecute Comey over the misstep.

In addition to the leaked document, Horowitz gave Comey a slap on the wrist for failing to inform the FBI after Trump fired him in March 2017 that he had other memos detailing conversations with the president stowed away in a safe at his home.

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