White House continues attacks on former FBI director

But many legal experts say, in effect, that Sanders does not know what she is talking about.
By Ed Mason | Sep 14, 2017
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders continued her attacks on former FBI Director James Comey, who she claims broke the law when he gave notes he had written describing conversations with President Trump to a friend, who then leaked them to The New York Times.

In response to a question on Wednesday asking her to clarify her claim that Comey's conduct was illegal, Sanders said, "the memos that Comey leaked were created on an FBI computer while he was the director," according to a report by Business Insider.

"Leaking FBI memos on a sensitive case, regardless of classification, violates federal laws, including the Privacy Act, a standard FBI employment agreement, and a nondisclosure agreement all FBI employees must sign," Sanders said. "I think that's pretty clean, and clear, that that would be a violation."

But many legal experts say, in effect, that Sanders does not know what she is talking about.

"It is very hard for me to see what the Privacy Act has to do with the memos written by Comey," Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, told Business Insider. "The other two things she mentioned were the FBI standard employment agreement and nondisclosure agreement. Those are contracts, not laws. Could they sue Comey for breach of contract? Maybe but it would be a suit for money damages, not an FBI criminal investigation."

On Tuesday, Sanders raised eyebrows when she accused Comey of perjuring himself and suggested the Justice Department should look into prosecuting him. Many found her comments inappropriate.

"It's hard to overstate how egregious Sanders' conduct is here," said Susan Hennessey, a former National Security Agency attorney. "It's an outright assault on an independent DOJ."

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