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'More than half' of James Comey's infamous 'personal memos' contained classified material

11 July 2017

Since the beginning of the United States' last presidential race, USA media have speculated about Trump's campaign team's alleged ties to Russian Federation and claimed that Moscow might have influenced the results of the election, a claim Russian Federation has repeatedly denied.

First, Trump tweeted out a video from Fox & Friends about a report that claimed former FBI Director James Comey included classified information in some of the memos that he wrote about his interactions with Trump. "That is so illegal!"

"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". "It's against the law".

Yet that is how President Trump depicted it in a tweet Monday morning: "James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media".

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox&Friends to discuss the new report, which she called an "incredible bombshell".

At the time, Comey claimed that the memos he kept - and the one he leaked to a friend in the hopes of securing a special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation - were personal property and didn't contain classified information.

Even The Hill's own report quotes from Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, during which he recalled preparing "an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with Federal Bureau of Investigation senior leadership".

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"Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" the President tweeted in early June, after Comey testified to the Senate that he'd authorized a friend to share with the New York Times one of his memos of a private conversation with Trump.

It is unlikely the documents were assigned the classification before being shared, however, because Comey has maintained there were his personal memos. It is not mentioned if any information was redacted when Comey passed along the memo.

"I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president", said Comey.

First, as I explained in the column, the prosecution of former Central Intelligence Agency director Petraeus - who pled guilty to misdemeanor mishandling of classified information - demonstrates that "the government regards many communications between national-security officials and the president as classified".

Comey, though, testified that he considered the memos to be his own personal property, not that of the government.

Those sources say these new details were revealed when the memos were shared with Congress.

'More than half' of James Comey's infamous 'personal memos' contained classified material