US President Donald Trump commented on a report by the US Inspector General, which states that former FBI Director James Comey violated policies of the FBI, Daily Caller reported.
According to the report, Comey wrote seven memos about his private conversations with the president and then shared four of them with a friend, Daniel Richman, instructing him to pass one to The New York Times.
The report states that Comey “failed to live up to this responsibility by not safeguarding information obtained during course of his FBI employment.”
President Trump commented on the report and posted on his Twitter that “perhaps never in the history of our country has someone been more thoroughly disgraced and excoriated than James Comey in the just released Inspector General’s report.”
Perhaps never in the history of our Country has someone been more thoroughly disgraced and excoriated than James Comey in the just released Inspector General’s Report. He should be ashamed of himself!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2019
US Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham also commented on the matter and issued a statement.
“James Comey is a proven liar and leaker. The Inspector General’s report shows Comey violated the most basic obligations of confidentiality that he owed to the United States Government and to the American people, ‘in order to achieve a personally desired outcome.’ Because Comey shamefully leaked information to the press—in blatant violation of FBI policies—the Nation was forced to endure the baseless politically motivated, two-year witch hunt. Comey disgraced himself and his office to further a personal political agenda, and this report further confirms that fact.”
Comey responded to the report with demanding an apology and claiming that any of the information that leaked to the press wasn’t secret or classified. “And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me “going to jail” or being a “liar and a leaker”—ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president,” he wrote.
And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me “going to jail” or being a “liar and a leaker”—ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president.
— James Comey (@Comey) August 29, 2019
Yet in his report the Inspector General wrote that Comey by his wrongdoings “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.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya — official website