REPORT: James Comey Discussed Sensitive FBI Business On His Private Email Account
Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey used a private email account hundreds of times to conduct government business — "and at least seven of those messages were deemed so sensitive by the Justice Department that they declined to release them," the New York Post reports.
Like Hillary Clinton, whom Comey decided had broken no laws when she used her own homegrown server and email to send and receive classified information, Comey said he used the Gmail account only for “incidental” purposes.
But the Justice Department said that Comey and his chief of staff "discussed government business on about 1,200 pages of messages, 156 of which were obtained by The Post."
The Cause of Action Institute, a conservative watchdog group, filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit for Comey’s Gmail correspondence involving his work for the bureau. The Justice Department responded that there were an eye-popping 1,200 pages of messages for Comey and his chief of staff that met the criteria.
Justice released 156 of them but refused to hand over seven emails because they would “disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions.” And another 363 pages of emails were withheld because they discussed privileged agency communications or out of personal privacy concerns.
Cause of Action’s CEO slammed the former top G-man for minimizing the work he did using his private account. “Using private email to conduct official government business endangers transparency and accountability, and that is why we sued the Department of Justice,” said John Vecchione.
“We’re deeply concerned that the FBI withheld numerous emails citing FOIA’s law enforcement exemption. This runs counter to Comey’s statements that his use of email was incidental and never involved any sensitive matters.”
In one email, Comey recognized the irony of the FBI investigating Clinton for questionable email practices while he used his own private account to do the same thing.
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