James Comey’s testimony on Thursday had a big bombshell admission. The meme about David Petraeus’ theoretical reaction to James Comey’s bombshell admission clearly highlights Comey’s unethical behaviour as revealed in the bombshell admission. As reported by The Hill
In one of the most dramatic moments in Comey’s remarks, he revealed that he had provided one of his memos to The New York Times through a trusted friend to prompt the appointment of a special counsel in the bureau’s Russia investigation.
This admission proves James Comey’s calculating nature and awareness of the role of public opinion in seeking revenge against the president who fired him. Comey wanted a special counsel appointed and he knew he wouldn’t be able to do so through proper, legal, channels. In order to achieve his goals, Comey broke the law.
That the United States’ former top law enforcement officials broke the law to achieve his goal is retrospective proof that Comey’s firing was ultimately justified.
There is support from legal experts that Comey’s actions were illegal. Andrew McCarthy, former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, stated in a National Review column on the memos
One major issue is whether these documents belonged to Comey, in the sense of being his property rather than the government’s. That is the position he took in his testimony.
McCarthy also stated:
As a longtime prosecutor, I have a black-and-white test for this sort of thing: Would a judge in a criminal trial consider the documents to be government property for purposes of federal discovery law?
McCarthy’s arguments are sound on this front. Comey wrote these memos on a government-issued laptop. He wrote them immediately after meetings for his job, to record the context of these meetings. It seems reasonable that these memos would be work product and not personal in nature. It is troubling that Comey has attempted to call these memos personal in nature.
Jonathan Turley, a law professor at my alma mater The George Washington University, published a scathing indictment in a piece published by The Hill
on Comey’s violation of the law:
However, the clearest violation came in the days following his termination. Comey admits that he gave the damaging memos to a friend at Columbia Law School with the full knowledge that the information would be given to the media. It was a particularly curious moment for a former director who was asked by the president to fight the leakers in the government. He proceeded in becoming one of the most consequential leakers against Trump.
Comey’s actions over the last year have undoubtedly been questionable. His handling of the Hillary Clinton email affair caused him to be reviled first by Democrats, then Republicans. His rationale for not publicly stating that President Trump was not under investigation because Trump might later be under investigation, was peculiar.
The leak of the memos was the most political, and potentially illegal, of Comey’s actions. Despite the personal harm to Trump caused by his firing of Comey, it appears that the decision was the correct one.
Hopefully, the president learns from the fiasco ensuing from Comey’s firing and follows more established procedures with future staffing issues.