The Hill's report notes that the Federal Bureau of Investigation apparently considers Comey's memos to have been government documents, not his own personal memos as he asserted on Capitol Hill. Because Comey later let outsiders see those memos, and made sure they were leaked to the Trump-hating press, in this case the New York Times, so any protestations of innocence on his part sound more than a little weak.
There is a reason that the sources for The Hill's story leaked to The Hill and not a more widely read publication, and this pipeline directly to the president's brain shows why.
Four of the seven memos, pertaining to nine conversations between Comey and Trump, had markings to indicate they contained information classified as "secret" or "confidential,"The Hill reported Sunday evening, citing "officials directly familiar with the matter". The Trump camp's defense has always been that the conversations were private and ipso facto classified, making Comey's leaking of a memo about them illegal.
"When I had a chance to personally talk with Director Comey, he was very elusive on this point".
"Comey's private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material", John Solomon, The Hill, July 9, 2017.
Comey testified that he gave at least one memo to an intermediary, a law professor at Columbia. But that's not what the Hill's report says.
It is unlikely the documents were assigned the classification before being shared, however, because Comey has maintained there were his personal memos. Of them, four contained classified material, and ALL of them were "government documents". The testimony sparked Congress' interest in obtaining the memos. The bottom line is that we don't know what exactly Comey gave to his friend, how much of it is classified, or when it was classified. The repercussions of that aren't clear. Trump's political enemies have accused the president of engaging in illegal behavior, including obstruction of justice, witness tampering, extortion, even treason.
In a statement to The Associated Press on Monday, Rob Goldstone says the lawyer said she had information about purported illegal campaign contributions to the Democratic National Committee that she thought Donald Trump Jr. might find helpful.
Though the misleading Fox report would do much help the Trump administration's own allegations that Comey is a "leaker," Comey's testimony to Congress in May directly contradicts the report Fox issued.