During his testimony at Thursday’s Senate hearing, former FBI Director James Comey said that he gave his notorious memos regarding his encounters with President Donald Trump to a friend in order for them to turn them over to the press. That could be a problem, according to George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley.
Turley wrote in a blog post that Comey’s memos could be considered government records, as well as evidence in a criminal investigation. Turley also added that Comey’s use of a government computer to draft the memos could make them government documents. The professor cites a federal statute that says anyone who “sells, conveys or disposes “any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof” without permission.
Additionally, Turley wrote that Comey may have been bound by non-disclosure agreements, and he told LawNewz.com that there are also Justice Department guidelines against releasing materials.