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 ComeyDershowitz: Trump's lawyers could force Rosenstein to recuse himself from Mueller probe New York Times defends bombshell Rosenstein report Donald Trump’s Rosenstein dilemma MORE wrote about his conversations with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her 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 GoodlatteThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser say they’re prepared to testify Goodlatte: Administration undercut law, Congress by setting refugee cap Virginia reps urge Trump to declare federal emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence MORE (R-Va.), House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdySunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Gowdy requests FEMA administrator’s travel records amid allegations Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election MORE (R-S.C.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRussia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election Gowdy: House Intel panel should release all transcripts from Russia probe 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 ClintonPompeo: 'We've not been successful' in changing US-Russia relations Michael Moore ties Obama to Trump's win in Michigan in 2016 The Memo: Could Kavanaugh furor spark another ‘year of the woman’? 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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