Did Comey release classified information?

As the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election process in America continues, one of the key witnesses may find themselves in hot water.

Former FBI Director James Comey is drawing fire for a series of memos he wrote related to his meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump. At issue in whether or not the information that is contained in those memos should be classified government property and further classified as “secret” or “confidential.”

In his recent testimony before the U.S. Congress, Comey testified that he believed all seven memos he wrote related to Trump meetings were personal in nature. As such, he has the right as a private citizen to do with them as he wishes. In fact, he shared at least one of these memos with a Columbia University lawyer friend, asking that the information contained within be leaked to the press.

During his testimony, Comey stated, “I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership. My view was that the content of those unclassified, memorialization of those conversations was my recollection recorded.”

It’s worth noting that the leaked memo in question may have led to the investigation of possible charges against former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

With current FBI leaders now claiming that all seven memos should be considered government documents and classified, Comey now faces scrutiny for violating the same protocol for which he was investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Upon joining the FBI, all agents and directors are required to read and sign the following disclosure:

“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.”