One of most interesting pieces of information from the Comey hearing was his disclosure that he intentionally leaked his memo to the press.
Comey claimed he did so in order, “to force the appointment of a Special Counsel.” However, as legal scholar, Jonathan Turley has pointed out the memo could be considered as a government record and potential evidence in a criminal investigation.
According to Turley’s well-reasoned analysis, Comey may run into legal problems if he used an FBI computer to create his memo, which arguably makes them government documents.
As a government employee, Comey is subject to federal law regarding the disclosure of classified and confidential information.
Comey claimed that he was releasing the memos, as he was now a private citizen. However, if Comey composed the memos while on government time, in a government office or on a government computer he may well have violated 18 U.S.C. §641, which makes it a crime to steal, sell, or convey “any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof.”
Finally, Comey appeared to have violated ethical guidelines of the FBI by releasing information gained as an agent of the FBI and then leaking that information to the press.