The Department of Justice released a highly critical report Thursday morning saying that nonetheless, it will not prosecute former FBI director James Comey.
This report comes after a lengthy internal probe led by Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz which investigated how Comey handled memos he saved that detailed private interactions with President Trump, NBC News reports.
The DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General released a report, saying, “Comey violated F.B.I. policy and the requirements of his F.B.I. employment agreement when he chose this path.”
The officials believe that Comey’s actions have set a “dangerous example” for other FBI employees at the risk of achieving a “personally desired outcome,” the report says.
Despite Comey’s violation of official policy, the official statement says, “After reviewing the matter, the DOJ declined prosecution” citing that there was “no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media,” CNN reports.
In response, Comey tweeted Thursday, “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.”
Despite the turmoil, Comey has said he wouldn’t do anything differently, the New York Times reports.
Of the seven memos in question, the DOJ report details how Comey created “duplicates of original” memos, and even after being removed as the FBI Director in May of 2017, he still kept copies of some of the memos in his safe at home – memos that he didn’t disclose about to the FBI.
Comey’s Twitter response to the people who have spent two years investigating and discussing him in the media ends by saying, “…ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president.”