The Department of Justice’s internal watchdog is looking into the possibility that the memos fired FBI Director James Comey leaked to media to trigger the appointment of a special counsel to investigate collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia contained classified information.
The Wall Street Journal reported at least two of the memos contained information that officials now consider classified, quoting sources familiar with the matter.
Comey boasted of delivering memos of his meetings with Trump to a friend who then gave them to a New York Times reporter.
Comey had given four memos to Daniel Richman, a professor at Columbia Law School.
Three were considered unclassified at the time and one was classified, the Journal said.
The Journal noted that as FBI director, Comey had the legal authority to determine what bureau information was classified and what wasn’t.
“Once he left government, however, the determination fell to other officials,” the report said.