James Comey got some good news and some bad news recently.
The DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred Comey for prosecution for leaking classified documents.
However, a team of prosecutors working for Attorney General Bill Barr have declined to pursue prosecution.
According to The Hill:
The Justice Department’s chief watchdog is preparing a damning report on James Comey’s conduct in his final days as FBI director that likely will conclude he leaked classified information and showed a lack of candor after his own agency began looking into his feud with President Trumpover the Russia probe.
Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz’s team referred Comey for possible prosecution under the classified information protection laws, but Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors working for Attorney General William Barr reportedly have decided to decline prosecution — a decision that’s likely to upset Comey’s conservative critics.
Prosecutors found the IG’s findings compelling but decided not to bring charges because they did not believe they had enough evidence of Comey’s intent to violate the law, according to multiple sources.
The concerns stem from the fact that one memo that Comey leaked to a friend specifically to be published by the media — as he admitted in congressional testimony — contained information classified at the lowest level of “confidential,” and that classification was made by the FBI after Comey had transmitted the information, the sources said.
The reasoning for the non-prosecution is reportedly the prosecution not wanting to have the first prosecution of a Russian investigator be something like this which is difficult to prosecute.