According to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday, fired FBI Director James Comey gave memos to a to a friend with intent to have them leaked to the press, and in doing so, broke FBI agency protocol.
Per a report from Washington Examiner:
“As a general proposition, you have to understand the Department of Justice. We take confidentiality seriously, so when we have memoranda about our ongoing matters, we have an obligation to keep that confidential,” Rosenstein said on Fox News after being asked if it would ever be proper for an FBI director to take notes on a meeting with the president and then leak them to the press.
“I think it is quite clear,” he added when asked if he would approve of Comey’s leak. “It’s what we were taught, all of us prosecutors and agents.”
Additionally, more than half of the memos fired FBI Director James Comey wrote during his private conversations with President Trump reportedly contain classified information. But FBI protocol forbids any agent from releasing classified information, or any information from ongoing investigations, and it considers agent records are government property.
According to The Hill:
“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.
This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election.
Comey insisted in his testimony he believed his personal memos were unclassified, though he hinted one or two documents he created might have been contained classified information.
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.
Four of the memos had markings making clear they contained information classified at the “secret” or “confidential” level, according to officials directly familiar with the matter.”