Fox News host Sean Hannity predicted on Wednesday night that former FBI Director James Comey was probably “sweating a lot” as Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz was set to release an official report critical of him.
It looks like Hannity was right as the report shows Comey violated Department of Justice policy when he released his memo to a reporter. The memo was wrongfully disseminated and contained sensitive information.
“The Justice Department’s inspector general on Thursday released a report scrutinizing fired FBI Director James Comey’s handling of memos detailing his interactions with President Donald Trump, concluding he violated DOJ and FBI policies,” ABC News reports.
And, from the report:
Inspector General Michael Horowitz first revealed in June 2018 that his office was investigating Comey’s decision to reveal the memos to a friend following his May 2017 firing, who later shared the contents of the memos with a reporter.
“The OIG determined that Comey violated applicable policies and his FBI Employment Agreement by providing one of the unclassified memos that contained official FBI information, including sensitive investigative information, to his friend with instructions for the friend to share the contents of the memo with a reporter,” the IG’s office said in a statement. “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.”
Comey responded to the release of the report on social media where he tweeted:
DOJ IG "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." 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.
— James Comey (@Comey) August 29, 2019
During Hannity’s Wednesday night program, the Fox News host spoke with the Hill’s John Solomon about the then-looming report and its implications. Hannity revealed that unnamed sources told him Comey could be getting indicted in the report.
“The DOJ inspector general’s official findings on James Comey are now imminent,” the Fox News host said on Wednesday evening, per BizPac Review. And it’s not looking good for, well, Mr. Super Patriot, the guy that knows better than us. We are told the report will strongly rebuke the disgraced former FBI director, document his utter lack of candor. That means lying.”
Hannity continued: “We are also being told that the report, the inspector general is putting out tomorrow, has referred Comey for federal prosecution for stealing government documents, leaking confidential government memos that detailed conversations with the President, a clear violation of the Espionage Act.”
“These documents were so sensitive, one month after Comey was fired by Donald Trump, the President, the FBI agents showed up at the disgraced former director’s front door to retrieve the memos and interrogate Comey about his rampant misconduct,” Hannity added.
Hannity said Comey was not facing any charges for the criminal referral but potentially more information damaging to Comey could be on its way.
“As of now, the attorney general has reportedly decided not to at this moment, charge Comey over this criminal referral. However, this is what is a tiny piece of what the bigger report will be, and the three major reports that are coming, and without a doubt, Comey should be sweating a lot tonight about what might be in those reports,” he said.
Hannity then introduced Solomon into the conversation where they discussed President Trump’s involvement in the investigation and his willingness to make the new findings available to the public.
“So we have good news on all of these fronts tonight, according to Solomon, a new White House initiative by President Trump to declassify a variety of government documents is now underway. That is huge news … Is this like an office of transparency?” the host asked Solomon
“Yes, it is, and it could be announced as early as next week,” answered Solomon. “It gives the president the opportunity to no longer rely on the bureaucracy of DOJ, DNI, all of the other alphabet soup agencies that haven’t given us transparency. He will have the ability through this office to release documents.”
According to BizPac Review, Solomon then said the implications of Trump’s declassification effort and others like it could reveal behind-the-scenes actions of the Obama administration, including those of Hillary Clinton as she served as his Secretary of State.
“Tonight, my sources tell me there are three explosive documents from the Obama era that could be at the top of the list on this declassification process, that could give us an entirely new story about what went on under President Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. One of those are some letters between the Iranian leaders and the President, President Obama, in which Obama promised the Iranians that they could keep their ability to enrich uranium. That’s a little bit different than the story we have been hearing for the last few years,” Solomon said per the report.
“The second is a series of intelligence reports that were given to the committee that approved the Uranium One purchase — remember that? Remember the Obama Administration telling us there were no red flags? My sources tell me these documents show there were red flags raised,” the guest continued.
“And third, is the annex that Inspector General Michael Horowitz prepared that showed what the FBI wanted to look at at the end of the Hillary Clinton investigation, highly classified, sensitive evidence that agents were not allowed to look at. All three of those documents could be big revelations this fall,” he added.
BizPac Review reports:
Returning to the imminent report on Comey, Hannity said, “I’ve heard it’s 65 pages. It will be devastating to Comey, but for the time being, the attorney general has decided not to go forward with charging him for lying or the espionage violations, as it is expected that Comey is up to his eyeballs in the FISA abuse portion, which will be devastating, so Lindsey Graham says, and others.”
“If the report is released tomorrow — whatever day it’s released — will be a damning day.
“Tomorrow will be a day to understand why James Comey was fired. When you see the conduct laid out in this report, and also the report that came out in 2018 about his handling of the Clinton email investigation, you will see why President Trump and senior officials of the Justice Department felt confident they should fire James Comey. It will be a day of vindication, I believe, for the President and his judgment to get rid of the former FBI director.”