From the inception of the Trump Administration, they’ve been plagued by leaks. Security officials have been determined to find and stop the leaks, but up until now, it’s been stopping one leak only to find another in its place. The general theory has been that the Obama era holdovers were responsible for making sure that the Trump Administration was neutralized by their information going out to adversarial media outlets, almost in real time.
While several of the leaks have been found to be very close to the President, there have been others popping up along the way as well. However, information provided by both the Daily Wire and Fox News points to a criminal information leak coming out of the Justice Department. More specifically, the FBI. Ironically, the investigation that disgruntled Democrats insisted on, following the 2016 win of President Trump, has been what uncovered the corruption on the part of federal employees who sympathize with the leftist agenda.
According to Daily Wire, the most recent source of the leaks is an FBI agent with short ties to former FBI Director James Comey:
“This week, the Justice Department’s National Security Division charged an FBI agent based in Minneapolis with leaking classified information to the media in a move similar to other recent alleged leaks, including by former FBI Director James Comey.
Terry James Albury, who worked in counterterrorism, was charged with ‘one count of ‘knowingly and willfully’ transmitting documents and information relating to national defense to a reporter for a national news organization,’ Minnesota Public Radio reported. Albury faces another criminal charge for refusing to hand over documents to the government.
Albury is the second person to be charged with leaking classified material to The Intercept; an intelligence contractor was charged in June 2017 “with leaking a classified report about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.”
While a search warrant that was filed in federal court did not identify the news outlet that Albury allegedly leaked to, a review by MPR ‘found the documents described in the search warrant that Albury leaked exactly match the trove of FBI documents posted by The Intercept.’
‘The FBI believes that the classified and/or controlled nature of the documents indicates the News Outlet obtained these documents from someone with direct access to them,’ the warrant stated. ‘Furthermore, reviews of the FBI internal records indicate ALBURY has electronically accessed over two-thirds of the approximately 27 documents via trusted access granted to him on FBI information systems.’”
This case with Agent Albury isn’t the first of it’s kind. A similar case was made concerning the actions made by Comey in 2017, as Fox News reported in January 2018:
“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is pressing the Justice Department for answers on whether James Comey violated bureau rules, saying it appears the former FBI director leaked ‘at least one’ classified memo to a professor friend shortly after his firing.
Grassley, R-Iowa, penned a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein late Wednesday, saying he and his staff had reviewed the Comey memos which were ‘created purportedly memorializing his interactions with President Trump.’ They did so in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) at the FBI and the Senate, because the FBI deemed the ‘majority of the memos’ to be ‘classified.’
‘Of the seven memos, four are marked classified at the ‘SECRET’or ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ levels,’ Grassley wrote, adding that ‘only three did not contain classified information.’
Grassley’s letter appears to back up July 2017 reports that several of Comey’s private memos contained classified material. The Hill first reported this development; Fox News confirmed with a legal source at the time that some material contained classified information. The president seized on those reports at the time with a tweet saying: ‘That is so illegal!’
Comey admitted in congressional testimony in June 2017 that he had given his friend, Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman, his memos about discussions with Trump in order to have his notes leaked to The New York Times — hoping to spur the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Richman told Fox News in July that he indeed received four memos from Comey, but said none of them were marked classified.
Richman told Fox News that only the ‘substance’ of one memo, not the physical document, was given to the press. ‘That was not classified at the time, and remains unclassified,’ he said.”
No matter how many loopholes the agents and other anti-Trumpers try to jump through, much of the interpretation of the law, and who to prosecute on behalf of it, is left the discretion of the prosecutors themselves. To that end, it potential leakers would do well to remember that while there are still holdouts, the Justice Department is being run by the Trump Administration now.
It’s very clear from context what is required of FBI agents. The FBI employee agreement, which all agents must sign, states: “Unauthorized disclosure, misuse, or negligent handling of information contained in the files, electronic or paper, of the FBI or which I may acquire as an employee of the FBI could impair national security, place human life in jeopardy, result in the denial of due process, prevent the FBI from effectively discharging its responsibilities, or violate federal law.”
Working for the federal government means bowing to the authority you’re left with, or quitting. Hindering the carriage of justice isn’t on the list of options.
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