Justice to provide access to Comey memos to GOP lawmakers

Justice to provide access to Comey memos to GOP lawmakers
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The Justice Department is expected to provide a group of House GOP members access to former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump planning on revoking more security clearances: report Trump escalates feud with intelligence officials Steve Schmidt: Trump revoking Brennan's clearance shows his 'autocratic fetish' MORE's memos documenting his interactions with President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE on Thursday, according to a department official. 

It is unclear whether copies of the documents will be sent to Capitol Hill or whether lawmakers will be required to travel to the Justice Department to view them. Four of the memos are classified. 
 
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteRepublicans become entangled by family feuds over politics House GOP prepares to grill DOJ official linked to Steele dossier Goodlatte's son 'embarrassed' his father's 'grandstanding' got Strzok fired MORE (R-Va.) was poised to subpoena the department over access to the documents. The seven memos have been a flashpoint in the debate over Comey's handling of the investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPapadopoulos's wife wants him to scrap plea deal with Mueller: report FBI chief: I'm trying to bring 'normalcy' in 'turbulent times' Senate Intel chief slams ex-CIA director for timing of claims about Trump-Russia ties MORE's private email server and into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia. 
 
Comey drew fire from Republicans after he revealed that he provided one unclassified memo to a personal friend to reveal to The New York Times. Comey did so in order to spark the appointment of a special counsel in the Russia probe following his dismissal as FBI director last year.

Three powerful House lawmakers — Goodlatte, Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyFBI chief: I'm trying to bring 'normalcy' in 'turbulent times' Jim Carrey targets McCarthy, Nunes ahead of midterms House GOP prepares to grill DOJ official linked to Steele dossier MORE (R-S.C.) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesPelosi sees defections from an unusual quarter — the left Jim Carrey targets McCarthy, Nunes ahead of midterms Police close Nunes district office as protesters rally outside MORE (R-Calif.) — have been investigating what they say is evidence of bias and potential wrongdoing at the Justice Department and the FBI in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. 
 
Democrats have described the probe as a partisan exercise designed to undercut special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE. Comey's memos are seen as key to a potential obstruction of justice case against the president. 
 
Comey said Thursday he’s doesn't mind if the memos are made available, and added that that he supports transparency.

“I think what folks will see if they get to see the memos, is I’ve been consistent since the very beginning right after my encounters with President Trump,” he said during an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN.

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinFBI chief: I'm trying to bring 'normalcy' in 'turbulent times' Press needs to restore its credibility on FBI and Justice Department Mueller should indict Trump for obstruction before the midterms MORE had asked the three lawmakers to give him extra time to consult with the "relevant parties" on whether he can make the memos available to them.

Rosenstein told lawmakers on Monday that the Comey memos may relate to an “ongoing investigation,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Hill. 
 
—Updated at 5:11 p.m.