Comey famously testified in front of the Senate Intel Committee that he actually directed his friend to share information he had on Trump with the New York Times.
The Justice Department’s inspector general sharply criticized James Comey on Thursday, saying in a report that the former FBI director violated bureau policy in the handling of memos that he wrote after conversations with President Donald Trump.
The report details how Comey handled seven memos he wrote between Jan. 6, 2017 and April 11, 2017, following interactions he had with Trump. The inspector general’s office determined that four of those memos contained information classified as “Secret” or “Confidential.”
The inspector general’s report is harsh towards Comey, saying that he “failed to live up to this responsibility” as a former FBI director, “by not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment.”
The 83-page report also faulted Comey for leaking one of his memos in order to “create public pressure for official action.” Doing so “set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees — and the many thousands more former FBI employees—who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information,” the inspector general’s report said.