Judge Orders FBI to Turn Over Comey Memos For Review – May Release Memos to Public
Judge James Boasberg of the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the FBI to turn over Comey’s Trump memos for review. He may decide to release them to the public.
The government has until January 18th to hand over the memos to the court.
A federal judge Thursday said he would look at the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote about his interactions with President Donald Trump before deciding whether the Justice Department can withhold them from the public. It’s a signal that the judge may be skeptical of Justice’s argument that the Comey memos should stay confidential because their release could compromise the Russia probe.
Judicial Watch released a statement:
The court, in seeking to review the documents, shows it doesn’t trust the FBI or Justice Department’s representations about the infamous Comey memos. We hope now that Americans are one step closer to knowing the facts about these memos, which were written and leaked for pernicious purposes to target a sitting president with a criminal investigation. It’s high time they begin to see the light of day. We’re glad the court followed up on our specific suggestion that it review the documents directly.
On January 3rd, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and the DOJ demanding answers on Comey’s memos.
Chuck Grassley questioned whether fired FBI Director James Comey violated DOJ policy after he gave his Trump memos to a friend to leak to the press.
Comey had 7 memos total stemming from 9 conversations he had with President Trump. 4 out of 7 of the memos contained classified information; it is possible Comey’s ‘confidant’ was shown classified information even though he does not have a security clearance.
It has also been argued that every single Comey memo is considered to be classified.
James Comey admitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee last June that he shared contents of his memos to a friend who’s a professor at Columbia University. He then told his ‘confidant’ to leak contents of the memo to The New York Times in order to prompt a Special Counsel.
Comey is a crooked cop; he should be prosecuted and jailed.