Judge Orders FBI to Turn Over Comey Memos by Next Week

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for 'serious case of amnesia' after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE in an early morning tweet on Thursday turned his attention to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE, asking if his former Democratic rival paid Russians during the 2016 election. "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", Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

CNN, USA Today, and other journalists, as well as the conservative group Judicial Watch, sued the Justice Department for allegedly violating the Freedom of Information Act in withholding the memos.

The on Wednesday released internal memos circulated to its staff around the time of former Director abrupt firing. We're glad the court followed up on our specific suggestion that it review the documents directly.

"It's rather heartening that Judge Boasberg has chosen to review the Comey memoranda himself, instead of just relying upon the descriptions in the agency affidavits".

On Thursday, Trump sparked widespread criticism after he reportedly questioned why the U.S. should restore protections for immigrants from Haiti and parts of Africa.

Department of Justice attorneys, who are defending the FBI in the lawsuit, asked the court for the case to be dismissed.

Reports of the memos caused significant concern that President Trump may have tried to obstruct justice by interfering with the investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. "This can be easily accomplished by comparing the memos to the very public testimony of Director Comey".

Shortly after the leaks, a Special Counsel was indeed appointed. They'll stay secret during that process and won't be seen by the other side in the case.

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