Justice Department sends Comey memos to lawmakers

Justice Department sends Comey memos to lawmakers
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The Justice Department late Thursday sent a group of Congressional leaders memos ex-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThere was nothing remotely treasonous in Trump's performance with Putin Opinion: One FBI text message in Russia probe that should alarm every American Clapper: Intel officials showed Trump evidence of Putin's role in election meddling MORE wrote about his conversations with President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd notified three Republican House committee leaders that he’d provided certain members of Congress with redacted documents on Thursday. Four of the memos are classified, and will be sent to lawmakers on Friday, Boyd wrote.

Boyd sent the notice to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteWill Congress ever hold our federal agencies accountable for contempt? Lots of love: Charity tennis match features lawmakers teaming up across the aisle Dems try to end hearing on bias against conservatives in tech MORE (R-Va.), House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyWill Congress ever hold our federal agencies accountable for contempt? Dem lawmaker calls on House to subpoena American translator from Trump-Putin meeting The Hill's Morning Report — Trump isolated and denounced after Putin meeting MORE (R-S.C.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOn The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal GOP tax writer introduces bill to reduce capital gains taxes Nunes used political donations for K in NBA tickets, winery tours, Vegas trips: report MORE (R-Calif.). 

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In addition, he provided the documents to the chairs of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Comey's seven memos have been a flashpoint in the debate over his handling of the investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Anti-Trump protests outside White House continue into fifth night Opera singers perform outside White House during fourth day of protests MORE's private email server and into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia.

GOP lawmakers, including Goodlatte, Gowdy and Nunes, have cited the memos as key evidence in their probe into alleged bias within the FBI and Justice Department against President Trump.

Democrats have described the probe as a Republican effort to undercut special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

Comey said Thursday he’s doesn't mind if the memos are made available, and added 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.

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