The bar grievance was filed by a Texan lawyer Ty Clevenger in New York, where Comey was formerly an attorney and remains licensed to practice law. It states the former bureau chief "gave materially false testimony to Congress," and violated several New York Rules of Professional Conduct.
Ty, keep up the fight!!— John Leslie (@arlingtonlaw) October 18, 2017
Clinton's Secret Emails
The charges relate to the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's secret email server.
On September 28, 2017, Comey testified he had not predetermined the outcome of the probe before Clinton was interviewed by FBI agents. However, in an August 31 letter from Senator Charles Grassley to current FBI Director Christopher Wray, Grassley noted Comey's testimony was contradicted by the testimony of two other FBI officials.
"Comey began drafting a statement to announce the conclusion of the Clinton email investigation in April or May of 2016, before the FBI interviewed up to 17 key witnesses, including former Secretary Clinton and several of her closest aides. The draft statement also came before the Department entered into immunity agreements with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, where the Department agreed to a very limited review of Secretary Clinton's emails and to destroy their laptops after review. In an extraordinary July announcement, Comey exonerated Clinton despite noting "there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information,' " Grassley noted.
The two FBI officials testified that months before Clinton was interviewed by the FBI, Comey had begun circulating a draft statement exonerating her.
"The FBI released a document that corroborated their testimony. Insofar as Comey gave materially false testimony to Congress, it appears he violated Rules 1.0(w), 3.3(a)(1), and 8.4 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct," Clevenger writes.
During an October 18 hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Jeff Sessions commented on the seriousness of Comey's actions when he was asked about why the Trump administration fired Comey as FBI director.
"I don't think it's been fully understood the significance of the error Comey made on the Clinton matter. [This is the first time I've seen] where the Department of Justice prosecutors were involved in an investigation, and the investigative agency announces the closure of the investigation" the senator said.
Clevenger's grievance extends also to former Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and private attorney Beth Ann Wilkinson — he contends they too should be held responsible for their involvement in efforts to destroy evidence sought by Congress and private litigants.
"Comey has testified he felt pressure from Lynch to downplay the significance of the Clinton email investigation. Given her level of involvement, it appears highly likely Lynch participated in the decision to destroy the laptops belonging to Mills and Samuelson. At the very least, Lynch should be asked to respond to my grievance and explain her role, if any, in the destruction of the laptops," Clevenger explained.
One the same day of Clevenger's filing, President Donald Trump weighed in on the issue in a series of tweets.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
Wow, FBI confirms report that James Comey drafted letter exonerating Crooked Hillary Clinton long before investigation was complete. Many..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
…people not interviewed, including Clinton herself. Comey stated under oath that he didn't do this-obviously a fix? Where is Justice Dept?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017