(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Tuesday he’ll leave it up to prosecutors to decide if former FBI Director James Comey broke the law by releasing information about his conversations with President Trump.
Grassley told Fox News on Tuesday that the memos Comey allowed to be leaked to the press are “classified information.”
“We’re going to have a chance to view them, but they’re classified information, so I can’t talk about that, but I’m going to be doing that in the next 24 or 48 hours,” the senator said.
Asked if he thinks Comey broke the law, Grassley said: “I think I come down on the side of the fact that he had a private conversation with the president. That ought to be secured. I think also that he was using an FBI or a government computers to make his case on, and it belonged to the people of this country, and not personal papers…of the FBI director.”
Comey told the Senate intelligence committee on June 8 that he took notes after various conversations with President Trump, and he said he considered those memos to be his own personal documents that he could share with the media, which he did after he was fired. Comey said he was hoping to spur he appointment of a special prosecutor, and it worked. Comey's friend Robert Mueller is now handling the Trump-Russia investigation.
Comey told the Senate intelligece committee on June 8, “I created records after conversations, and I think I did it after each of our nine conversations. If I didn’t, I did it for nearly all of them, especially the ones that were substantive.
“I knew that there might come a day when I would need a record of what had happened, not just to defend myself, but to defend the FBI and our integrity as an institution and the independence of our investigative function.”
The Hill reported two days ago that “more than half of the memos” written by Comey "have (been) determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.”
Appearing on Fox News’s “Hannity” Monday night, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said the Justice Department should be investigating James Comey:
There should be a grand jury empaneled and he should be investigated. Let's understand what he did… He had a conversation – or several now, we know he leaked at least four memos.
He had a conversation, a series of conversations, with the president of the United States. He went to his government computer, put them into a memo form, put them in his government desk to when he needed them after he gets fired, and then releases them.
Now he says -- of course, this was during his testimony -- this was his own private -- he called it ‘recollections recorded.’ The government is saying no, it's not. It’s government property. Those are crimes.