U.S. District Judge James Boasberg is ordering the Federal Bureau of Investigation to let him review copies of former director James Comey’s memos about his conservations with President Donald Trump to determine whether to release them.
Boasberg told the FBI Thursday to submit both classified and redacted versions of the documents no later than April 1 – vindicating a FOIA request made by conservative and liberal media outlets.
Bloomberg’s Erik Larson has more:
The public should be permitted to see the memos because Trump and Comey have accused each other “of grave breaches of the public trust,” and the documents include crucial “contemporaneous records of disputed conversations,” CNN argued in a January filing.
On March 1, the FBI wrote to the judge saying the files that are still redacted are classified and should remain secret to avoid interfering with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. That probe ended on March 22.
Boasberg didn’t say when he’d decide whether to release the documents.