George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley said former FBI Director James Comey violated FBI rules by leaking memos about his conversations with President Trump, reports The Daily Caller.
“He certainly did violate the rules of the FBI,” Turley said on “Fox & Friends” Monday. “This was not some type of personal diary as so many in the media portrayed it as. When we see the memos, it only reaffirms what many of us said at the time. This is clearly FBI material covered by FBI regulations.You are not allowed just to take them and leak them to the media.”
“They were addressed to high-ranking FBI officials. They were part of an investigation done on an FBI computer by the head of that investigation,” Turley continued. “I don’t think there’s any question now. There shouldn’t have been before. But there’s no question now that this was FBI material improperly removed and then leaked by Comey.”
Turley said it was disturbing how many people are willing to look the other way and ignore Comey’s unprofessional behavior.
“What’s so concerning here is it’s sort of a concerted effort by many to ignore the unprofessional conduct of Comey in this regard,” Turley said. “You can disagree with the president. You can disagree with the firing of Comey. But, what Comey did in this instance is very troubling and it’s wrong. He is a leaker and he did improperly remove FBI material and give it to the media.”
Turley said Comey’s actions were geared towards helping himself and criticized his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” for revealing details of an ongoing investigation.
“It wasn’t in the interests of the investigation. It was in the interest of James Comey,” Turley concluded.
“He took over the public narrative by releasing these memos. It’s the same dynamic when rushing a tell-all book to prints. He published a book that referenced both disclosed and undisclosed evidence in the middle of an investigation that he headed where he’s a key witness. Why? That clearly is not helping the investigation,” Turley said.
Comey should be held accountable for his disregard for the rules when conducting FBI business and should definitely be questioned about the leaking of his memos.