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More than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.
But when the seven memos Comey wrote regarding his nine conversations with Trump about Russia earlier this year were shown to Congress in recent days, the FBI claimed all were, in fact, deemed to be government documents.
“Unauthorized disclosure, misuse, or negligent handling of information contained in the files, electronic or paper, of the FBI or which I may acquire as an employee of the FBI could impair national security, place human life in jeopardy, result in the denial of due process, prevent the FBI from effectively discharging its responsibilities, or violate federal law,” states the agreement all FBI agents sign.
It adds that “all information acquired by me in connection with my official duties with the FBI and all official material to which I have access remain the property of the United States of America” and that an agent “will not reveal, by any means, any information or material from or related to FBI files or any other information acquired by virtue of my official employment to any unauthorized recipient without prior official written authorization by the FBI.”
originally posted by: windword
a reply to: Dfairlite
Of course the memos are "classified" now! They could possibly indict a sitting president for obstruction of justice, at the very least! But, I doubt that they were considered "classified" at the time. Besides, labeling them as classified keeps them away from the prying press and the impressionable public.
Also, only 1 of 7 memos were given to his lawyer friend, and only a portion of that 1 memo was given to the press.
originally posted by: Gothmog
Comey - Damn best FBI Director Clinton money could buy
originally posted by: rickymouse
It doesn't surprise me at all. Now, who actually decides if it is classified or not, certainly not the person releasing the memos. Even if that person is the head of the FBI. It should have documentation attached that shows a committee says it is not classified.