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A University of Texas law professor and CNN contributors says it’s a stretch to claim Comey’s decision to go public with the memos broke any laws.

According to FBI records regulations and the Federal records act, “any document that is made in the course of business” belongs to the Federal Government, not the person who authors it.

So when Comey wrote out an official conversation as part of his duties as FBI director, that paper it was written on or computer document became officially the property of the Federal Government and subject to the same laws as any other Federal document, classified or not.

On top of that, while the document itself does not directly address specific National Security problems, because the conversation was in the context of a Federal investigation into collusion with Russia by Americans it could technically be classified because of that context.

Those memos were not his personal property, and he had no legal right to leak them to the media.