President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for 'serious case of amnesia' after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE in an early morning tweet on Thursday turned his attention to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE, asking if his former Democratic rival paid Russians during the 2016 election.
The court's order is a significant move forward in the Freedom of Information Act case filed by CNN, USA Today, The Daily Caller and two non-profit conservative advocacy groups Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch.
The on Wednesday released internal memos circulated to its staff around the time of former Director abrupt firing.
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. We're glad the court followed up on our specific suggestion that it review the documents directly.
"It's rather heartening that Judge Boasberg has chosen to review the Comey memoranda himself, instead of just relying upon the descriptions in the agency affidavits", an attorney for USA Today, Bradley Moss, told CNN. Judicial Watch argued that "at a minimum, the Court should review the Comey Memos in camera to determine whether all responsive records have been located. Please stay focused on the mission, keep doing great work, be good to each other and we will get through this together", he said.
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. The New York Times published a report about the memo on May 16, 2017.
Shortly after the leaks, a Special Counsel was indeed appointed. "I didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons, but asked him to, because I thought that it might prompt the appointment of a Special Counsel".
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