Trump Suggests Fired FBI Director Broke the Law by Releasing Memos

The Hill reported that Comey created seven memorandums after speaking to Trump nine times, four of which had classified information.

In a column on Comey's memos a month ago, I explained that there was no doubt the memos were government documents (regardless of the former director's suggestion that they were his personal property, memorializing his "recollection recorded" of his conversations with the president).

"Now, congressional investigators are likely to turn their attention to the same issues to determine if Comey mishandled any classified information in his personal memos", it said.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to blast out a misleading clip from the Fox show "Fox and Friends", and then followed it up with an unsubstantiated claim that former F.B.I. "That is so illegal!"

In an earlier post, Trump, who returned to the White House late Saturday after the G-20 summit in Germany, tweeted a Fox News report that appears to be based on a story in The Hill newspaper.

"No memos were given to the press, and no memos were classified at the time I received them", he said, explaining that the "substance" of one memo was given to the press but not the physical document.

"If it contained classified information, he is apparently violating, at the very least, what all members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation sign", Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

Claims about the classification status of Comey's memos bring us right back to Hillary Clinton's claims that her emails were not "marked classified", and therefore that she lacked knowledge that they were classified when she stored and transmitted them.

"On Monday morning, Trump also retweeted former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who said Comey's handling of his memos "raised a lot of eyebrows". As such, their removal is a direct violation of 18 USC 1924, which forbids the "Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material".

The day before the conversation, Flynn resigned after reports revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence regarding the nature of his pre-inauguration conversations with the Russian ambassador.

If confirmed, Wray will not preside over the Russian Federation probe - the federal investigation is now led by Robert Mueller, a former FBI director chosen by the Justice Department to serve as special counsel. The revelation that four of them contained classified information could further fuel that investigation.

The tweet text is the opposite of what the Hill report said.