The battle for fired FBI Director James Comey’s ‘Trump memos’ escalated Tuesday.
The FBI argued in a new court filing Tuesday that the release of Mueller’s report “does not alter the FBI’s position with regard to the remaining redactions in the Comey Memos.”
In other words, the FBI is still blocking the release of leaker Comey’s Trump memos.
In late March, US District Judge James Boasberg in Washington (also a FISA judge) ordered the FBI to turn over Comey’s ‘Trump memos’ — both clean and redacted versions by April 1st as he weighed releasing them to the public.
The FBI previously pushed back on March 1st and wrote to Judge Boasberg, an Obama appointee, saying that the memos were still redacted and classified and should remain under seal to avoid interfering with Mueller’s inquisition — Mueller’s witch hunt ended last month so the judge asked the FBI to file an opinion about the release of Comey’s memos.
The FBI dropped another bombshell in an April 9 filing — Comey was actually a witness in Mueller’s investigation.
“The FBI and the Special Counsel’s office have determined that disclosure of the Comey Memos … could reasonably be expected to adversely affect the pending Russia investigation. The Comey Memos are his contemporaneous notes about incidents that are of interest in that investigation …” said a court filing on April 9th – the same filing which revealed that Comey was actually a witness in Mueller’s investigation.
The documents also suggest then-FBI Director James Comey began his coup against President Trump because he didn’t like his foreign-policy decision-making.
The documents were released as part of a FOIA lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, CNN, USA Today and others against the FBI in an effort to make Comey’s Trump memos public.
It turns out that hiding behind the Mueller investigation was just an excuse because the FBI is still pushing back and fighting like hell to keep the memos secret — the same memos Comey strategically leaked to the New York Times through his friend Daniel Goldman.
The DOJ did however authorize a release of the January 22, 2018 transcript (unclassified) from the ex parte hearing which means we will see perhaps the description of Comey’s memos and the argument to the judge for keeping them secret.
New filing: the FBI fights to keep the Comey memos secret.
The release of Mueller's Report… "does not alter the FBI's position with regard to the remaining redactions in the Comey Memos." pic.twitter.com/6zIDt2WA0T
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