On Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave an interview to Fox’s Martha McCallum. The subject of Comey and his memos came up.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested in an interview aired Wednesday that former FBI Director James Comey broke with Justice Department policy when he arranged to leak memos about his conversations with President Donald Trump.
During an appearance on Fox News, the No. 2 Justice Department official was asked whether it would “ever be proper for a FBI director” to leak notes about conversations with the president.
“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 during the interview for Fox’s “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” which was taped Tuesday but aired on Wednesday. “As a general position, I think it is quite clear. It’s what we were taught, all of us as prosecutors and agents.”
While we don’t know which or how many of these memos Comey leaked with the stated intention of requiring a special counsel to be appointed, we do know 1) all of them were government documents, 2) all of them were confidential records of Comey’s private conversation with Trump, and 3) four of them contained information that is now classified as SECRET. Classification aside, the leaked memo hit at least two of the three categories.
None of this should be news to anyone, but, as Jonathan Turley points out, there has been no interest at all in Comey’s actions (this link is really worth the read) by the media.