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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 ComeyFormer FBI lawyer speaks with House lawmakers on Rosenstein, 2016 Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure McGahn departs as White House counsel MORE's memos documenting his interactions with President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation 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 GoodlatteRosenstein to appear for House interview next week Fusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth following House GOP subpoena House Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein 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 ClintonRepublicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat Katy Perry praises Taylor Swift for diving into politics Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue 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 GowdyRosenstein to appear for House interview next week House GOP sets deposition deadline for Fusion GPS co-founder Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant MORE (R-S.C.) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesJuan Williams: Trump, the Great Destroyer The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy Senate Dem: Trump's 'fake, hyperbolic rantings' an insult to real Medal of Honor recipients 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.

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.