Jason Chaffetz, a former Republican congressman from Utah, said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” on Monday that former FBI director James Comey "went silent" when he was asked about the memoranda he wrote, which recorded his conversations with President Donald Trump.
Comey’s private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material https://t.co/XCncK9Ijl1 IF true, this is bombshell news— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) July 10, 2017
A former chair of the House Oversight Committee chairman, Chaffetz said he called Comey to discuss the memoranda, but found that Comey went silent and then refused to discuss them. He said he wouldn’t talk about it. He wouldn’t tell me where they were, and it really raised a lot of eyebrows as I went back and talked to the staff and other members and said, ‘Look, he’s not going to give these up easily,’ ” Chaffetz said. He was responding to the news that more than half of Comey’s memoranda contained classified information at the confidential or secret levels, according to The Hill.
Comey shared at least one of the memoranda in question with a law professor friend, who then leaked it to the media. Chaffetz said that Comey may have broken that law, if the memoranda contain classified information. He tweeted on Sunday, after the release of the report by The Hill, that the news constitutes a “bombshell.”
James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
On Monday, Chaffetz told Fox & Friends, “You can’t do that; it’s against the law.” Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8 that he shared the memoranda with a friend because he wanted to see a special counsel appointed to investigate the supposed meddling by Russia in the 2016 general election. On Monday, President Trump tweeted about The Hill's report and retweeted the clip of Chaffetz discussing the memos.