A federal judge may have left open the possibility Thursday of releasing former FBI Director James Comey's memos pertaining to his interactions with President Donald Trump. "We hope now that Americans are one step closer to knowing the facts about these memos, which were written and leaked for pernicious purposes to target a sitting president with a criminal investigation", Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.
The on Wednesday released internal memos circulated to its staff around the time of former Director abrupt firing.
The court order tells the government to turn over the Comey memos for review by January 18.
"The court, in seeking to review the documents, shows it doesn't trust the FBI or Justice Department's representations about the infamous Comey memos".
On Thursday, Trump sparked widespread criticism after he reportedly questioned why the U.S. should restore protections for immigrants from Haiti and parts of Africa. That request has been denied and Comey's memos must be turned over for review. "Given the significant public interest value inherent in these documents, the Government's arguments against disclosure of them at all should be addressed with utmost caution", Bradley Moss, who is representing USA Today in the case, told CNN.
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. 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. The New York Times published a report about the memo on May 16, 2017. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation's public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people.
Shortly after the leaks, a Special Counsel was indeed appointed. The information was put together by a research firm called Fusion GPS that was originally funded by the Washington Free Beacon, and than later by the Hillary Clinton campaign.