Comey deserves presumption of innocence on leaking classified info — if that’s still a thing

June 18, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following report in response to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that “We received a referral on that from the FBI” on former FBI Director James Comey allegedly leaking classified information:

“Former FBI Director James Comey deserves the same presumption of innocence as Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn. A criminal referral is just that. It is not a finding of guilt, however, it does indicate that there is reason to believe that the former FBI director leaked classified information counter to the law.

“We strongly urge federal prosecutors to pursue this matter with every bit of vigor as Special Counsel Robert Mueller is in attempting to take down anyone associated with President Donald Trump. It would ironic for Comey to complain about such tactics since he has used these exact prosecutorial abuses against Martha Stewart, among others. It is my sincere hope that Comey receives justice whether it be through a finding of guilt or not. However, the illusion of him as the last ethical man in D.C. is now certainly shattered forever.”

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