James Comey used a personal Gmail account to talk about FBI companies that were considered too sensitive to be disclosed
Ex-FBI director James Comey used his private Gmail account to send and receive dozens of e-mails with government e-mails, according to a new report.
The New York Post received no more than 156 of 1,200 pages of messages sent between Comey and his Chief of Staff, discussing government affairs while Comey used his personal Gmail address.
The Ministry of Justice transferred the 156 pages to the newspaper in response to a request for a Freedom of Information Act, but held seven messages of which the DOJ believed that they would disclose techniques and procedures for investigations or prosecutions of law enforcement & # 39 ;.
The Justice Department has enjoyed: there are 1,200 pages of reports about FBI cases sent by ex-FBI director James Comey and received with his personal Gmail account
An additional 363 pages of those messages were withheld due to personal privacy issues or privileged agency communications, said NY Post.
Despite the DOJ's reasons for withholding the emails, it is claimed that Comey's claim that he had his private Gmail account only for & # 39; occasional & # 39; purposes and has not sent confidential information, which appears to be.
One of the reasons why Comey used his personal Gmail account was, according to the reports he received, that his work mail on his supposedly government-issued smartphone was not working and that he had left the same phone in the office.
In October 2015, shortly before he testified to the senate, Comey complained that his government-issued telephone does not send e-mails & # 39; and asked an assistant to send the statement to his private Gmail account.
The need to resort to his private account during Hillary Clinton's investigation using a private mail server, Comey wrote, was "shameful for us."
Comey even used his Gmail account when investigating Hillary Clinton for using a private e-mail server while she was a foreign minister. However, Comey's claim that he did not use Gmail to send classified information seems to be true
The messages published by DOJ also showed that Comey used his Gmail account to send links to media reports with the controversy about Russian hackers trying to access Clinton's mail servers.
In September 2015, Comey sent his former chief of staff, James Rybicki, a link to a Fox News article about Russian hackers and Clinton servers, and added: "We need to be sure that our co-workers & # 39; s on the other side do not think that I really have said the most things that they attribute to me. & # 39;
And in July 2016, Comey Rybicki sent a Lawfare article in which he speculated on what the government knew about the DNC hack and Russia, and wrote: "I suspect there will be more such stories."
Other Gmail e-mails sent by Comey related to seemingly routine work, such as speeches and public statements, but there were also e-mails about threatening mass shooting at the Chicago school in May 2016, as well as information about changes to the protection and help to American teachers in the visa process.
Watchdog groups quickly criticized Comey for using Gmail to run FBI cases, regardless of how generic or unimportant the content of the messages was.
Het The use of private e-mail to run official public company jeopardizes transparency and liability, which is why we have sued the Department of Justice, & # 39; conservative watchdog group Cause of Action, CEO John Vecchione, told the New York Post.
The cause of the action also questioned the decision of the FBI to block e-mails for reasons of law enforcement.
This contradicts Comey's statements that his use of e-mail was incidental and never related to sensitive matters.
& # 39; He can not do both sides at & # 39 ;, nonpartisan coalition Open the head of government Lisa Rosenberg said.
& # 39; Either he used his personal email for things that were public or public, or he used it to discuss internal policies, investigations, etc. that may or may not be properly withheld under FOIA . & # 39;
Watchdogs also pointed to the apparent double standard involved in Comey's idea with his Gmail account while Clinton was being investigated for the use of a private e-mail server to do business while being a foreign minister.
& # 39; It is just as transparent to be hypocritical to have a standard for a person you are investigating and a completely different standard for yourself if you are the one who enforces the law & # 39 ;, said Rosenberg.
Comey has claimed that his use of Gmail & # 39; a completely different thing & # 39; is the private server use of Clinton and said that he has forwarded his personal emails to FBI accounts to register them.
A representative for Comey told the New York Post that Comey had no comment about the newly issued e-mails.
The 156 messages that were released to the newspaper date from 2013 to 2017 and would be highly edited. More messages are expected soon.