Grassley demands answers from DOJ on Comey memos classification

Grassley demands answers from DOJ on Comey memos classification
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyWoman allegedly abused by Nassar after he was reported to FBI: 'I should not be here' Democrat rips Justice for not appearing at US gymnastics hearing Senators denounce protest staged outside home of Justice Kavanaugh MORE (R-Iowa) on Wednesday questioned whether former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE violated Justice Department policy last year when he shared memos of his conversations with President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE.

In a statement Wednesday night, Grassley questioned whether leaking the memos to a Columbia professor would violate department policies.

Grassley also wrote a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE to learn more about the chain of custody for the memos, and whether Rosenstein has initiated an investigation into Comey's handling of the memos.

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Multiple memos Comey wrote as personal recollections of his interactions with President Trump about the Russia investigation contained classified information.

Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee last June that he shared at least one of the memos, which he considered personal documents, with a law professor at Columbia University. He then asked that professor to leak the information from one memo to the media in the hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia investigation.

Comey testified that he believed his personal memos were unclassified.

President Trump fired Comey in May.