Some of Comey's memos on Trump might have classified information

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More than half of the memos fired FBI Director James Comey wrote about his conversations with President Donald Trump contained classified information and were government documents, a new report says.

The feedback loop was complete shortly after 8 a.m., when Fox News reported that Trump had "accused former FBI Director James Comey of having illegally leaked classified material".

One flaw in the president's argument is that the mainstream media has a healthy (or, perhaps, unhealthy) appetite for Clinton-family pseudo-scandals. That is so illegal!

Senior Trump advisers immediately jumped in to echo their boss' sentiments, with Kellyanne Conway calling the story the "real bombshell" of the day (and not Donald Trump Jr. confirming that he met with a Russian attorney with ties to the Kremlin seeking information about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign). The officials, familiar with the matter, told the media outlet that four of the nine memos, had contained "secret" or "confidential" level of secrecy. It was about a February 14 meeting, where Comey said Trump asked him to stop investigating former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

"Now, congressional investigators are likely to turn their attention to the same issues to determine if Comey mishandled any classified information in his personal memos", it said.

In May, Trump tweeted that it was his opinion that leaks coming out of the White House were "fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media".

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Polish President Andrzej Duda , who has had his own experiences with unfavorable news coverage, nodded in agreement. The provision has been invoked once, after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.

Comey's recollections of his conversations with the president are neither inherently privileged nor classified.

In congressional testimony, Comey said he believes Trump fired him because he resisted the president's request that he "let this go" regarding an investigation into former Michael Flynn and his contacts with the USA ambassador to Russian Federation.

He also retweeted a number of "Fox and Friends" clips, including one related to New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio's absence at a vigil ceremony for a slain NYPD officer.

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

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". Even members of Congress with access to classified intelligence had to fight to obtain the actual notes.

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