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Trump accuses Comey of leaking classified information to media

Trump accuses Comey of leaking classified information to media

President Donald Trump shakes hands with James Comey, then director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on January 22, 2017 in Washington.

President Donald Trump was up early on Monday morning tweeting out his feelings about segments he was watching on Fox & Friends.

The president also used Twitter to push out several "Fox & Friends" clips Monday morning, including one accusing Comey of having his friend leak top secret information, and another accusing the media of not representing half of the country.

According to The Daily Caller, it's not clear what impact the revelation about the memos could have on Comey. "I will surrender upon demand by the FBI, or upon my separation from the FBI, all materials containing FBI information in my possession", reads the agreement. Comey, under oath, testified that the single memo given to his friend to leak to the media did not contain classified information.

Comey, of course, famously investigated Hillary Clinton for allegedly mishandling classified information, and The Hill notes that his memos could now face similar scrutiny.

This isn't the first time Trump has accused Comey of being "a leaker".

One of the issues at play may have to do with whether any contents of the Comey memos have since been upgraded to classified, although that has not been definitively reported by CNN. So, he chose to leak at least one of his memos to the press. It was about a February 14 meeting, where Comey said Trump asked him to stop investigating former national security adviser Mike Flynn. "No memo was passed on to the Times". In Comey's case, this would have meant providing them to the attorney general, which he did not.

The filing, an Office of Government Ethics 278 form which covers the current and previous calendar year, is typically submitted by executive branch personnel and also lists dozens of investments by Wray in American companies and funds in amounts of up to $1 million each. Petraeus's journals are very similar in this regard to Comey's memos because, among other sensitive documents, they contained notes of Petraeus's conversations with the president of the United States (while Petraeus was a general commanding USA forces overseas). "You considered it to be, somehow, your own personal document that you could share to the media as you wanted through a friend?" asked Sen.

In June, we learned why Comey kept records of his conversations with Trump. Comey said that, "As a private citizen", he thought it was "important to get it out". The FBI, moreover, has determined that all of the memos are government documents.

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