More than Half of Leaked Comey Memos Contained Classified Information

OPINION Comey didn't commit a crime — neither did Donald Jr

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The Hill pointed out that Comey penned a total of seven memos describing his talks with Trump on the Russian Federation case earlier this year and four of them had markings indicating they contained classified material at the "secret" or "confidential" level.

Comey testified during a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he provided the memos to a friend in order for them to surface in the media.

Contrary to the president's assertions, however, nothing in the report stated that any of the classified information contained within the Comey memos leaked out to the press.

"James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media", Trump tweeted.

One flaw in the president's argument is that the mainstream media has a healthy (or, perhaps, unhealthy) appetite for Clinton-family pseudo-scandals. "That is so illegal!"

Trump's tweets came amid reports in the New York Times this weekend that the president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr. - as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign manager Paul J. Manafort - met with a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties during the 2016 campaign, after being promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

The Hill's reporting raised "the possibility", Solomon reported, that "Comey broke his own agency's rules and ignored the same security protocol" that Comey criticized Hillary Clinton for disregarding.

As you'll no doubt recall, during former FBI Director James Comey's congressional testimony he claimed that he "understood" his memos to be nothing more than his "recollection recorded of my conversation with the president". "The memos contained classified information is true when considering the memos as a group".

The tweet itself, which was also shared by Trump, said the report "accuses" Comey of leaking "top secret information" to a friend.

While the Comey memos have been previously reported, this is the first time there has been a number connected to the amount of the memos the ex-FBI chief wrote.

"No memos were given to the press, and no memos were classified at the time I received them", he said, explaining that the "substance" of one memo was given to the press but not the physical document. Had the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director merely paraphrased the key memos to friends or reporters, there would be little question as to the legality of his actions. If they contained classified information, he was not entitled to leak them without prior approval.

CNN has not independently verified The Hill's report.

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