Earlier this week, it was announced the Justice Department would not act on the criminal referral against James Comey from the Inspector General.
Comey puffed his chest out and conservatives were furious, but this is far from the end of Comey’s legal problems.
One Bullet Dodged
This may have just been the calm before the storm for Comey. At the center of the Inspector General’s investigation was Comey’s decision to leak confidential memos.
One of the reasons why the Department of Justice (DOJ) did not want to prosecute was because the memos were actually classified after they were leaked. The DOJ believed it would have been hard to get a conviction due to that fact alone.
Comey avoided any further legal problems in that specific investigation, but there are several more dangers headed in his direction.
There are numerous investigations underway in various departments of the DOJ right now regarding the Russian collusion probe.
Of those, there are at least two about which Comey should be deeply concerned. The first of these is a probe into how the FISA warrants were secured.
The second is the investigation being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham into the origins of the Russia probe.
Considering Comey’s leak was considered to be integral in the calling for a special counsel, his overall attitude towards Trump as well as the possible FISA violations, this could be a major problem for Comey.
For a layperson, it appears as though Comey orchestrated the entire thing simply because he was upset Trump won the election.
Keep in mind, Comey also violated policy by not involving the DOJ and prosecuting attorneys when he decided against indicting Hillary Clinton.
All of these factors together paint a very ugly picture of Comey’s legal future. While he is breathing the air of a free man for now, that may not be the case in the very near future.