Government Watchdog Files Lawsuit Against Justice Department for Release of 'Comey Memos'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 0:30
While former FBI Director James Comey's memos have already been handed to special prosecutor Robert Mueller, they won't make it to the press pages.
The reason given on that day was that Mr Comey failed to prosecute Hillary Clinton for the controversies over her email accounts during her time as secretary of state under the Barack Obama administration.
James Comey told a Senate panel that he wrote memos after conversations with Trump because he was honestly concerned that Donald Trump might lie, The Hill reported.
Following several media outlets, including CNN, BuzzFeed and the Times sought the memos under the Freedom of Information Act.
In addition to Judicial Watch and BuzzFeed, the New York Times and CNN have also filed FOIA requests for the Comey memos.
Despite the FOIA suits, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has so far refused to release the Comey memos, telling BuzzFeed on Friday that they can't be released because they are part of a "pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding" and their release would "reasonably interfere with enforcement proceedings".
The memo purportedly recounts a conversation between President Trump and Comey about a pending investigation of Gen. Mike Flynn. 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.
Two days later, in his interview with NBC, the President Trump declared that despite the DOJ's recommendation, he had chose to fire Mr Comey anyway. The law enforcement proceeding at issue is likely the FBI's investigation into alleged Russian election-meddling, the Trump campaign's potential involvement in it, and the possibility that Trump committed obstruction of justice by firing Comey last month-a move the president admitted was prompted by the persistence of the FBI's Russia investigation.