DOJ to make Comey memos available to Congress after subpoena threat: Sources

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Karl Moor/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department will make former FBI director James Comey’s memos detailing his interactions with President Donald Trump available to three congressional committees as early as Thursday, two sources tell ABC News.

The Republican chairmen of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Judiciary committees requested copies of the memos in both redacted and de-classified/un-redacted form last week. On Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein requested more time to fulfill the request, citing department rules regarding the handling of memos with classified information or pertaining to ongoing criminal investigations.

It’s unclear what form of the memos lawmakers will have access to.

The memos have not been previously available to the full membership of the three committees – and have only been reviewed by a select number of lawmakers and aides. Republicans have suggested that they want to make the memos – a central part of the investigation surrounding Trump’s firing of Comey and questions of potential obstruction of justice – available to the public.

Republicans have been critical of Rosenstein and DOJ’s production of documents to Capitol Hill, as they continue to investigate the FBI’s handling of the Clinton and Russia investigations.

Democrats have accused Republicans of providing Trump a pretext for eventually firing or removing Rosenstein, who supervises special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

On Wednesday, Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said that chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., had notified him of plans to subpoena DOJ for the memos. A spokesperson for Goodlatte has not responded to requests for comment.

Earlier this week, two House conservatives and Trump allies, Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio, met with Rosenstein to press him on the pace of document production, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

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