Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Aug. 29 appeared to rebuke James Comey and call out two media pundits following the release of a Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General report that criticized the former FBI Director for violating department and FBI policies.
Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz’s report (pdf), which was released on Aug. 29, blasted Comey for violating DOJ and FBI policies guiding the retention, handling, and dissemination of government documents. Horowitz also found that although Comey didn’t disclose any classified information to the media, he did share a memo containing sensitive information to his lawyers. The FBI determined several weeks later that the memo contained information that was “confidential.”
Moreover, Horowitz also found that Comey had shared another memo containing “For Official Use Only” information to one of his lawyers and had instructed that lawyer to share that information with a reporter.
Horowitz then criticized Comey for failing “to live up to his responsibility” by disclosing government documents in violation of FBI policy.
“By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees—and the many thousands more former FBI employees—who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information,” the report states.
Rosenstein took to Twitter to respond to the findings of Horowitz’s report and seemingly take aim at Comey, without mentioning him, by posting a quote from a letter he penned in June 2018 that cautioned against violating DOJ policy to achieve short-term results. read more