A former FBI agent is disappointed the Department of Justice isn't going to prosecute former FBI director James Comey in the wake of the release of a scathing report by the Office of the Inspector General.
The long-awaited report said the fired FBI director violated bureau policies by drafting, leaking, and retaining memos documenting discussions with President Donald Trump. The DOJ's official watchdog concluded that those memos Comey kept were in fact "official FBI records" and that Comey set a "dangerous example" with his actions.
The findings of the probe were forwarded to the DOJ, but the department has declined prosecution.
Bruce Rather, who served as an FBI agent for 24 years, says it's clear to him that Comey violated his duty as director of the agency.
"The director is supposed to be the gold standard for behavior by the rest of an organization of 35,000 people – he sets the benchmark," Rather begins. "And I can tell you that if this was a – quote, unquote – 'normal' employee or 'regular' employee, that person would have been fired immediately and would have been prosecuted, in my opinion, for disclosing classified information."
While he admits he's disappointed, Rather isn't surprised Comey won't be prosecuted.
"I think it's one of those Washington insider things where, of course, the DOJ is not going to prosecute James Comey," the former agent tells OneNewsNow. "You know, these people are friends, they're colleagues … and to expect that they're going to come down on one of their insiders? While I think that should not matter, I think we would be naïve if we thought that's the way Washington worked."
The complete 79-page report from the Office of the Inspector General can be read here.