Law Prof Questions Comey’s Legal Status

, Malcolm A. Kline, 1 Comment

Did former FBI director James Comey break the law when leaking his own memos? A law, professor, and not a terribly conservative one, argues that he may have.

Kerry Picket at the Daily Caller has the story. “George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley stated on his website that although the memos were created by Comey, the former FBI director would likely have to follow federal non-disclosure laws of classified and unclassified information,” Picket writes.

“Besides being subject to Nondisclosure Agreements, Comey falls under federal laws governing the disclosure of classified and non-classified information,” Professor Turley points out. “Assuming that the memos were not classified (though it seems odd that it would not be classified even on the confidential level), there is 18 U.S.C. § 641 which makes it a crime to steal, sell, or convey ‘any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof.’”