(National Sentinel) Guilt: Some legal experts who watched fired FBI Director James Comey’s interview Sunday night on ABC with George Stephanopoulos say it is obvious to them that he has violated federal statutes governing the handling of classified information and ought to be prosecuted.
“Everything you do in the course and scope of your employment is government property. [@Comey] was acting as the FBI director when he spoke to [@POTUS], he wrote about their conversations. It’s clearly government property,” said a tweet from Fox News quoting legal analyst Gregg Jarrett.
.@GreggJarrett: "Everything you do in the course and scope of your employment is government property. [@Comey] was acting as the FBI director when he spoke to [@POTUS], he wrote about their conversations. It's clearly government property." @NextRevFNC pic.twitter.com/3qdktpRmb2
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 16, 2018
“In the Federal Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations and the Privacy Act, as well as the Federal Records Act, anything that’s in the course and scope of your employment is government property,” Jarrett continued.
“Every FBI agent signs a document that says ‘when you leave government, all of that is the government’s to remain behind, you are not to take it with you.’ Comey took it with him — seven presidential memos,” he continued.
“Everything you do in the course and scope of your employment is government property. He was acting as the FBI director when he spoke to the president, he wrote about their conversations. It’s clearly government property. He stole that government property. According to Senator Grassley, [Comey stole] four classified documents, which would make him just as guilty as Hillary Clinton,” the legal analyst noted.
On Friday House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein demanding he turn over copies of Comey’s memos regarding his conversations with President Donald J. Trump by Monday.
The letter states that the memos should be provided to all three committees “in unredacted form.”
“There is no legal basis for withholding these memos from Congress,” the letter states.
Jonathan Turley, constitutional expert and noted law professor at the George Washington University Law School, questioned in a column Monday why fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has yet to be brought up on charges after the Justice Department inspector general noted in a report released last week his dismissal was proper because he lied on four occasions.
“The IG found that McCabe lied on four occasions. It found that he did so for personal benefit. He further showed no contrition and allegedly falsely implicated his superior in the improper leaking of information to the media,” he wrote, noting that Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, was indicted and convicted for a lesser infraction.
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