Sources in the DOJ inspector general’s office have told Fox News that former FBI Director James Comey will not be prosecuted for leaking memos of his interactions with President Trump.
“Everyone at the DOJ involved in the decision said it wasn’t a close call,” one source said. “They all thought this could not be prosecuted.”
Comey wrote the memos after meetings and telephone calls with President Trump and then released them to Columbia University Law Professor Daniel Richman after he was fired in May 2017. Richman gave the memos to The New York Times.
Instrumental in the decision not to indict Comey was the fact that the memos were only classified “confidential” by the FBI after the fact. Comey had already taken steps to release the memos before they were labeled as protected information .
Comey, who admitted leaking the memos, told Brett Baier last year, “I didn’t consider it part of an FBI file. It was my personal aide-memoire…I always thought of it as mine.”
Fox’s also said that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz‘s report on alleged misconduct within the Department of Justice and FBI was “imminent.” The report, which investigates alleged FISA abuses and illegal spying on the Trump campaign, is delayed because of Attorney General Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham are conducting a similar investigation.
The sources did not indicate that other indictments were coming down as a result of the IG investigation.