‘That is so illegal!’ Donald Trump blasts James Comey for leaking classified information to the media – as his eldest son comes under fire for meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer

Monday, July 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

President Trump tweeted Monday morning about a Hill newspaper story that said some of James Comey’s memos contained classified information
The president suggested that Comey, his fired FBI director, had done something illegal by leaking one of those memos to the press
It’s unclear if the memo Comey leaked actually contained classified information, but the disclosure could prompt a probe into Comey
The irony is that Comey chastised Hillary Clinton for her own handling of classified information last year during the presidential campaign
The Comey story comes at a welcome time, as Donald Trump Jr. comes under fire for setting up a meeting with a Kremlin-associated lawyer and Trump aides

By Nikki Schwab, U.S. Political Reporter
10 July 2017

President Donald Trump marveled at a report that said his fired FBI Director James Comey’s memos contained classified information, a revelation that could get the ex-government official in trouble.

‘James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!’ Trump wrote Monday morning, shortly after retweeting a Fox News story that reported the allegation.

Trump than retweeted Sean Hannity and a Fox & Friends segment featuring former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who were also commenting on the story.

It was the Hill newspaper, on Sunday night, that first broke that most of the memos written by the former FBI chief contained classified information, a welcome distraction for the president as his son Donald Trump Jr.comes under fire for meeting with a Kremlin-associated lawyer last year.

Trump Jr. didn’t tell the New York Times, initially, that he set up the meeting to get compromising information on his father’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

If the Hill’s sources are correct, it means Comey may have violated federal protocols on the handling of classified information for the memos he wrote recounting conversations he had with President Trump.

Comey wrote seven memos overall, four of which have been judged to contain classified information.

The fired FBI boss shared one of the memos with reporters by leaking it through a Columbia University lawyer friend, although Trump may have jumped the gun, as it is not known if the one that was leaked to the media contained classified information.

The irony is that Comey publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information during the bureau’s investigation into the private email server she maintained while she was secretary of state.

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