Former FBI Director James Comey is making the case that extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary transparency.
In an opinion piece to the Washington Post, James Comey says the greatest degree of transparency is possible and warranted an investigation of the presidency.
“It doesn’t happen often, because ordinarily nothing outweighs the privacy interest of the subject of an investigation that ends without public charges.” Comey said,
“But department tradition recognizes that transparency is especially important where polarized politics and baseless attacks challenge law enforcement credibility.”
Comey who was fired by President Trump in may 2017 and who leaked his private memos to the media to kick start the special council investigation whilst there’s precedent for releasing detailed findings.
Its not clear how or whether AG Barr will interpret Comey’s position. During his confirmation hearing, Mr Barr promised transparency with department rules.
“The current regulations, the special council report is confidential.” Barr said. “The report that goes public will be a report by the Attorney General.
Adding “what I’m saying is my objective and goal is to get as much as i can of the information to congress and the public.”
For context Former Director Comey was roundly criticised and directly faulted by the Justice department Inspector General, for releasing damaging information about the Clinton emails and recommending against Criminal charges.
Inspector General Horowitz said, Comey departed “clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice.”