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Comey violated FBI policy by leaking Trump memos — DoJ watchdog

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The Department of Justice’s inspector general found that former FBI director James Comey violated agency policies in his handling of memos documenting his discussions with Donald Trump but has declined to prosecute.

Mr Comey’s “retention, handling, and dissemination” of memos documenting seven one-on-one discussions between himself and Donald Trump between January 6 and April 11, 2017 violated the policies of the DoJ and FBI as well as his employment agreement with the FBI, the report, released on Thursday, concluded.

After reviewing the inspector general’s findings, the DoJ declined to prosecute Mr Comey, whose firing as FBI head by Mr Trump in May 2017 became a key reason the president became the subject of an obstruction of justice probe.

Thursday’s report is separate from the inspector general’s broader probe into the DoJ’s handling of the Russia investigation.

Via Financial Times

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