Senior GOP source: 'Likely' the public will have access to Comey memos

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2018

The Justice Department has agreed to provide three House committees with copies of several memos written by former FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with the agreement.

The memos are believed to be central to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump or his allies attempted to obstruct the Russian Federation probe.

The move comes as House Republicans have escalated criticism of the department, threatening to subpoena the documents and questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and other officials.

It prompts an examination into whether his client, who also served as interim Federal Bureau of Investigation director following President Trump's abrupt dismissal of James Comey a year ago, should be criminally charged.

"In telling the story, the President pointed his fingers at his head and said 'the guy has serious judgment issues, '" Comey writes.

The congressman added that the memos are also "corroborated by contemporaneous handwritten notes from top Justice Department official Dana Boente".

The 15 pages of documents contain new details about a series of interactions with Trump that Comey found so unnerving that he documented them in writing.

The Justice Department's submission of the memos to Congress follows a week of saturation news about Comey and McCabe.

Should House Republicans refuse any such "accommodation", Nadler said, "I fear the Majority will have manufactured an excuse to hold the Deputy Attorney General in contempt of Congress".

According to Pergram, a memo from January 7, 2017 reveals that Trump asked Comey "if he 'hoped I planned to stay on".

But asked if, given his withering assessment of Trump's personal and professional conduct, the country would have been better off with Hillary Clinton as president, Comey declined to answer.

Boyd said the decision to allow the release of the memos "does not alter the department's traditional obligation to protect from public disclosure witness statements and other documents obtained during an ongoing investigation".

Comey was very critical of Giuliani in his new book, A Higher Loyalty, calling him out for a "dangerous" management style and an excessive craving for publicity.

In the same conversation, Trump also suggested he would sue Christopher Steele, the British ex-intelligence officer who wrote the dossier, although he never did so.

"It really was conversation-as-jigsaw puzzle in a way, with pieces picked up, then discarded, then returned to", Comey wrote.

"It was my great honor to fire James Comey", Mr. Trump tweeted over the weekend.

The referral doesn't mean he will be charged, but it does mean he could face a criminal investigation.

Last week, three House chairmen demanded the memos by Monday. Boente is a former acting attorney general who now serves as the FBI's general counsel.

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