Trump on Comey: That is so illegal!

Reporting by Catherine Herridge

A legal source close to the matter tells Fox News the Fired FBI Director James Comey’s memos documenting his conversations with President Trump are considered government records and some of the material contained classified information as first reported by The Hill newspaper.

All FBI employees sign employment agreements that block the unauthorized storage or sharing of government records.

Comey justified his actions to a Senate panel last month.

Senator Blunt: “So you didn’t consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document? You consider it to be somehow your own personal document     that you could share with the media as you wanted to?

Comey: Correct. I understood this to be my recollection, recorded, of my conversation with the president. As a private citizen, I felt free to share that. I thought it very important     to get it out.

Writing in a tweet, President Trump said, “James Comey leaked classified information to the media. That is so illegal!”

Kellyanne Conway went even further on Fox and Friends.

“The boy scout-choir boy defense doesn’t hold up here…by handing over, admitting under oath, handing over classified information through quote private recollection it doesn’t matter what he calls it. It matters what it is.”

A year ago this month, then Director Comey publicly chastised Hillary Clinton and her team for their careless handling of highly classified information and the use of a personal server for government business.

A Columbia Law School professor also tells Fox News that he never gave reporters hard copies of the Comey memos, and none of the memos had classification markings. But Comey could be criticized over retroactive classification—the same issue that damaged Clinton’s campaign.

Comey, Rogers Testify to House Intelligence Committee

By Jake Smith

FBI Director James Comey and NSA Chief Michael Rogers testified before the House Intelligence Committee today regarding Russian interference into the 2016 election and President Trump’s accusations of “wiretapping” of Trump Tower by the Obama Administration.

In a rare circumstance, Director Comey confirmed an on-going investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election – “I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI -- as part of our counterintelligence mission -- is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.”

Comey said the investigation “includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government.”

President Trump took to Twitter this morning to say, “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” James Clapper is the former Director of National Intelligence under President Barack Obama.

The United States 17 intelligence agencies agree that the Russian government – directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin – interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump.

Although, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes says there is currently no evidence of collusion by the Russian government and the Trump campaign and he “doubts any evidence exists.”

Chairman Nunes pushed Admiral Rogers on whether the Russian interference could have affected vote tallies in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, or Ohio. Rogers answered “no” to the Russians being able to interfere in vote tallies in any of those states.

The FBI head says he has “no information” to support the claim by President Trump that wiretapping of Trump Towers took place during the election.

Comey told the Committee, “With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets.”

Chairman Nunes said in his opening statement, “we know there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower. However, it is still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates.”

This hearing was just the beginning of long political and legal battles of the Russian interference into the 2016 election and the allegation of surveillance of Trump Tower. 

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