The Department of Justice will not prosecute former FBI director James Comey after an internal probe of Comey’s handling of memos he kept of his interactions with President Donald Trump.
In a report released Thursday, the Office of the Inspector General said its probe found that Comey violated department policy.
“Upon completing its investigation, the OIG provided its factual findings to the Justice Department for a prosecutorial decision regarding Comey’s conduct, as required by the Inspector General Act. After reviewing the matter, the DOJ declined prosecution,” the office said in a statement.
The report detailed how the inspector general “found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the Memos to members of the media,” though Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Comey’s “retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement.”
Comey responded to the report on Thursday, tweeting: “I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a “sorry we lied about you” would be nice.”
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Efforts to impeach Donald Trump are not just a dream, and did not start today; have been proposed by various people and groups, and at various times at that, who have asserted that President Donald Trump has engaged in impeachable activity during his presidency.
Talk of impeachment began before Trump took office.
Formal efforts were initiated by RepresentativesAl Green and Brad Sherman, both Democrats, in 2017, the first year of his presidency. Grounds asserted for potential impeachment have included possible violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign dignitaries; alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election campaign; alleged obstruction of justice with respect to investigation of the collusion claim; and accusations of “Associating the Presidency with White Nationalism, Neo-Nazism and Hatred”, which formed the basis of a resolution for impeachment brought on December 6, 2017.
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At around the same time in May, the revelation that the president had asked Comey to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn led still more observers, including Senator Angus King (I-ME), to say that impeachment might be in the offing.
The developments led Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to venture that matters had reached “Watergate scope and size”.
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