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FBI Won't Release Comey Memos, So The 'Times,' 'CNN,' And Others Sue

22 June 2017

Government watchdog Judicial Watch announced on Friday it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice regarding notes former FBI Director James Comey said he took following meetings and conversations with President Donald Trump. "This Comey memo should be released forthwith and, frankly, the president can and should order its immediate release". For that reason, he wrote down a report of what was said and done with Trump. The memos were at the center of attention during Comey's June 8 testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, when the ex-FBI director admitted he began documenting conversations with the president because he thought Trump would lie about their interactions.

Controversy over Comey's handling of both the Hillary Clinton private email scandal and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials intensified after his appearance before the committee. For example, a New York Times' story was published before the president's tweet that Comey said caused him to leak some of the information from his memos to the paper.

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In addition to Judicial Watch and BuzzFeed, the New York Times and CNN have also filed FOIA requests for the Comey memos.

According to a letter that the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent to The Hill in response to the newspaper's request for the memos, the documents aren't available under any opens records law because they have been "compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that the production of such law enforcement records or information... could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings".

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Under sworn questioning, Comey has veered off the topic of President Trump and Russian Federation and revealed several damning incidents in which his predecessor's administration politically interfered in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Judicial Watch is pursuing six FOIA lawsuit (see here, here, here, here and here) related to the surveillance, unmasking, and illegal leaking targeting President Trump and his associates during the FBI's investigation of potential Russian involvement.

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FBI Won't Release Comey Memos, So The 'Times,' 'CNN,' And Others Sue