- Judge James Boasberg of the US District Court for the District of Columbia said the government would need to give the memos to the court by January 18.
Judge to review former FBI director James Comey leaked memos before deciding whether to release to media outlets. The memos were written and leaked with a purpose to target President Trump.
Comey had 7 memos from 9 conversations he had with President Trump, with 4 out of 7 of the memos contained classified information.
A federal judge Thursday said he would look at the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote about his interactions with President Donald Trump before deciding whether the Justice Department can withhold them from the public. It’s a signal that the judge may be skeptical of Justice’s argument that the Comey memos should stay confidential because their release could compromise the Russia probe.
Judge James Boasberg of the US District Court for the District of Columbia said the government would need to give the memos to the court by January 18. They’ll stay secret during that process and won’t be seen by the other side in the case.
Judicial Watch released a statement:
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. 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. It’s high time they begin to see the light of day. We’re glad the court followed up on our specific suggestion that it review the documents directly.