Comey leaked 'classified' information to media, says Trump in renewed attack on ex-FBI chief
US President Donald Trump today renewed his attack on sacked FBI chief James Comey, saying he leaked "classified information" to the media which is illegal. Trump's allegations came as a television network friendly to his administration said that the material that Comey leaked to a friend to be shared with the media contained classified information.
"James Comey leaked classified information to the media. That is so illegal!" Trump tweeted.
According to The Hill newspaper, more than half of the memos that Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with Trump about the Russian investigations have been determined to contain classified information.
After he was fired by Trump, Comey shared personal notes with a Columbia University professor who in turn shared the information with reporters of The New York Times.
In a Congressional testimony last month, Comey said he considered those as his personal documents. Comey said that he considered the memos to be unclassified.
Trump also retweeted a criticism about the mainstream media.
"The mainstream media is neglecting their duty to represent the public. They've failed to represent half of the country," Trump retweeted this tweet of Carrie Sheffield, founder of Bold.
Trump last month had said that he did not have recordings of his meetings with Comey, after weeks of speculation that the Republican billionaire leader himself fueled.
Comey, in a June 8 hearing in Congress, had said that he hoped there were tapes to support his view that in their discussions Trump had pressured him over the Russia probe.