Fox News is helping make the case against James Comey by highlighting all the people who have been charged with leaking government secrets – and how nothing has happened to Comey.
Apparently that’s what Trump is referring to with this tweet:
Is everybody believing what is going on. James Comey can’t define what a leak is. He illegally leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION but doesn’t understand what he did or how serious it is. He lied all over the place to cover it up. He’s either very sick or very dumb. Remember sailor!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2018
Here’s what happened to the sailor:
It was a reference to Kristian Saucier, the former U.S. Navy sailor who served a year behind bars for taking photos of classified areas in a nuclear submarine before being pardoned by Trump this spring.
“There is a clear double standard,” Ronald Daigle Jr., an attorney for Saucier, told Fox News.
“My client was sentenced to a year in federal prison, fine, probation, house arrest and a dishonorable discharge from the Navy,” Daigle said. “My client never shared or leaked any classified information. Comey leaked classified information and nothing is being done by the Justice Department. Why?”
And here’s another one:
Terry Albury, a 39-year-old former Minnesota FBI counterterrorism agent, pleaded guilty this month to leaking classified documents to a reporter. In a statement, the African-American former agent said he knew it was illegal but felt he had to act against a culture in the bureau that often treats minority communities with suspicion and disrespect.
Under his plea agreement, Albury faces a likely sentence of between 37 and 57 months.
And always, there’s this winner:
There’s also the case of 25-year-old Reality Winner, a federal contractor from Georgia, who was charged last summer with removing classified material from a National Security Agency facility and mailing it to a news outlet.
“Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation’s security and undermines public faith in government,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at the time. “People who are trusted with classified information and pledge to protect it must be held accountable when they violate that obligation.”
Clearly Fox News is doing everything they can to toss some dirt on Comey because he’s opposed to Trump. But they might have a point here about the double standard…