- 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.
Judicial Watch Director of Investigations Chris Farrell was on Lou Dobbs Tonight on FOX Business to discuss the anti-Trump text messages exchanged between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his DOJ lawyer mistress Lisa Page. Farrell pointed out that Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page ‘ were synchronizing their story to both the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and perhaps others’.
This is a case of them [Strzok and Page] I think trying to get out ahead of the problem because obviously Strzok is already, Strzok and his girlfriend are already in bad shape. But the text messages today show that they were synchronizing, they were first of all leaking, but then they were synchronizing their story to both the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and perhaps others, and that is a level of, ah, investigative misconduct and abuse of process that is off the charts.
WHITE HOUSE STILL PLAUGED WITH LEAKS: WaPo – Trump advisers aboard Air Force One discussed strategy about Trump Jr.-Russia hysteria
- Latest leak: Trump’s advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation that Trump’s oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign .
- What Trump advisers did is NOT A CRIME, admits Washington Post – but they know the memo: the deranged media must report it as if it’s a crime.
From Daily Caller:
In Trump’s first 126 days in office, from Jan. 20 to May 25, there were at least 125 news articles based on classified information that were published in prominent national news outlets, according to a report published Thursday by the Republican side of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
A 24 page senate report, “State Secrets: How an Avalanche of Media Leaks is Harming National Security,” exposed a stunning number of White House leaks to left-wing media outlets like New York Times ( owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Sim ) and Washington Post ( owned by Jeff Bezos, another anti-Trump billionaire and founder of Amazon ).
President Trump’s advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation that Trump’s oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign.
… Although misleading the public or the news media is not a crime, advisers to Trump and his family told The Washington Post that they fear any indication that Trump was seeking to hide information about contacts between his campaign and Russians almost inevitably would draw additional scrutiny from Mueller.
The Real Collusion! Trump’s legal team to show trail of leaks to the New York Times by James Comey dating back to March.
Dating back to at least Jan. 10, The Times has published confidential information related to Trump and the FBI, mostly using anonymous sources from senior officials in the FBI and DOJ. Comey admitted to using an ex-U.S. attorney, later identified as Columbia University Prof. Daniel Richman, to leak to NYT the contents of alleged memos Comey wrote about his one-on-one interactions with Trump.
Via Fox News:
President Trump’s legal team may be prepared to show a trail of leaks to The New York Times by former FBI Director James Comey – dating back to at least March – in a pair of complaints set to be filed to the Justice Department inspector general and Senate Judiciary Committee, a source close to the team told Fox News.
An independent Fox News review of The New York Times’ reporting dating back to January reveals a host of stories sourced from top FBI and DOJ officials – or those privy to their conversations – that either paint Comey in a positive light or push a message he was unable to personally disclose.
Though Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3 he’d never been — or directed another FBI official to be — an anonymous source for news reports about the Trump and Hillary Clinton investigations, the then-FBI chief did not deny orchestrating leaks using, for instance, an old friend who works at Columbia University, or providing the information to a wide enough group to ensure it would leak.
And in reference to a separate case, he acknowledged sending his infamous letter to lawmakers last fall announcing a revival of the Clinton email probe knowing full well what they’d do: “Did I know they were really going to leak it? Of course, I know how Congress works.”
Comey, who was fired by Trump in May, was open about at least one leak in testimony last Thursday.
He admitted to using an ex-U.S. attorney, later identified as Columbia University Prof. Daniel Richman, to leak to The Times the contents of alleged memos Comey wrote about his one-on-one interactions with Trump. He was not asked if he had ever used Richman on other occasions; however, Richman is mentioned in 151 results in a New York Times search dating back to 1993, with 11 of those articles also featuring Comey and six of them being authored by Michael S. Schmidt – who later wrote the “Comey memos” story which Comey told Congress he directed Richman to leak.
Dating back to at least Jan. 10, The Times has published confidential information related to Trump and the FBI, mostly sourced anonymously from senior officials in the FBI and DOJ:
May 16, 2017 // 5:29pm
Former Reagan economic adviser Art Laffer said he is confident President Trump will usher tax reform through, calling the president’s routine critics “squirrels on crack.”
Neil Cavuto asked Laffer if he thought the recent Washington Post report that Trump disclosed classified information to the Russians would damage Trump’s agenda.
Laffer said the report would not be a “big deal” when it comes to affecting Trump’s top agenda items like tax reform and health care.
“People need to take a brown paper bag and cool off,” he said of Trump’s insistent critics. “These people are like squirrels on crack.”
I wonder how many residing moles in the White House are leaking info to the liberal media to create scandals for Trump administration. Now top GOP officials are calling for FBI to investigate.
On Tuesday morning President Trump tweeted out: “The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?”
From Fox News:
Asked Tuesday morning whether the leaks were targeted, coordinated and possibly a violation of the law, Flynn told Fox News: “Yes, yes and yes.”
Top Republicans in Washington D.C. are wanting an assessment of the recent leaks in order to put an end to them.
From Fox News:
The Republican leadership of the House Intelligence Committee wants the FBI to do an assessment of recent media leaks that have revealed details of sensitive discussions involving key Trump administration officials.
“We are going to be outlining all of our concerns over the last 60 days that appear to all be related, maybe even coordinated in some ways,” committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News. “I am going to be asking the FBI to do an assessment of this to tell us what’s going on here because we cannot continue to have these leaks as a government.”
The leaks include reported details from phone calls between President Donald Trump and the leaders of Australia and Mexico; from the intelligence community investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential campaign; and most recently from conversations between National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and the Russian ambassador to the U.S.