Judge to review, maybe release Comey memos
- Autor: Leon Brazil Ene 13, 2018,
Ene 13, 2018, 22:09
A judge ruled on Thursday that the FBI has to turn over "all withheld documents" to the court in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, the Daily Caller, and others over former FBI Director James Comey's infamous memos detailing conversations he had with President Donald Trump. The decision comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, which has been seeking the documents for months.
It's plagued him since his campaign for president [VIDEO]but Donald Trump can't seem to shake the allegations that he's been in cahoots with Russia.
Most Freedom of Information Act court cases don't reach a point where the government shows a judge the documents it's withholding, and instead get decided based on arguments and affidavits alone.
A federal judge in Washington on Thursday ordered the government to turn over for his review behind closed doors the so-called Comey memos, that various outlets are suing the Justice Department to release. It had previously asked the judge, James E. Boasberg, to review an affidavit from an FBI employee explaining why releasing the memos is an issue for the probe.
Lawmakers were in the Oval Office to discuss a plan to help "Dreamers", the undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children who are nicknamed after the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that protected them from deportation. Those conversations include a meeting where Trump asked other top advisers to leave the room before he asked Comey if he would "let this go", referring to an ongoing investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to Comey's testimony.
Comey admitted during congressional testimony last summer that he gave the memos to a friend, Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman, to leak to the media.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has since taken over the FBI's investigation, and may be looking at whether Trump obstructed justice by putting pressure on Comey and by firing him.