Surprise: FBI Misses Deadline to Turn Over Unredacted Comey Memos to Congress

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Posted: Apr 17, 2018 12:15 PM
Surprise: FBI Misses Deadline to Turn Over Unredacted Comey Memos to Congress

The FBI and Department of Justice just blew threw another document request deadline. This time, they've failed to turn over unredacted copies of memos written by fired FBI Director James Comey about his private meetings with President Trump.

The memos were requested last week by House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte. The lawmakers sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last week and requested the documents be turned over by Monday, April 16. It is now Tuesday, April 17.

"The Committees request the Department of Justice make copies of the Comey memos available immediately. Copies of any unclassified memos should be produced to all three Committees in unredacted form. Copies of any memos containing classified information should be produced to all three Committees in both (1) unredacted form, in an appropriately secure setting; and (2) declassified form, with appropriate redactions," the lawmakers wrote. "There is no legal basis for withholding these materials from Congress."

Gowdy, Nunes, Goodlatte and members of Congress in general have proper security clearances to review the memos should the redacted portion contain any sensitive or classified information.

Meanwhile, Judicial Watch sued for the memos in June 2017 and is still waiting for them to be turned over. 

“That we have to sue in federal court to get a document that was read to a reporter at The New York Times is a scandal,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton released in a statement earlier this year.  “This Comey memo should be released forthwith and, frankly, the president can and should order its immediate release.”