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Exactly what is in these memos???

Saying the disclosure of memos from former FBI Director James Comey about his conversations with President Trump would be “detrimental” to the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, government lawyers  are asking a federal judge to block their release, The Daily Caller reported.

Comey, who was fired by Trump in May, testified before Congress that he wrote the  memos following in-person meetings and phone conversations with the president.

Several news organizations, to include The Daily Caller News Foundation, CNN, and USA Today, filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to gain access to the memos.

More from The Daily Caller:

Just after his ouster, Comey gave a memo he wrote on Feb. 14 — just after the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn — to a friend with instructions to leak it to The New York Times. Comey says he wrote in that memo that Trump asked him to shut down an investigation into Flynn.

Comey testified in June that he gave the document to his friend, a Columbia Law School professor, because he wanted to force the appointment of a special investigator to continue the probe into Russian interference in the campaign. On May 17, Comey’s predecessor, Robert Mueller, was appointed special counsel.

 

But government attorneys pushed back against the FOIA lawsuit in a court filing on Friday.

And while the lawyers say the release of the memos would be detrimental to ongoing probes, they can’t tell you, the public, just why that is.

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Screenshot: Special counsel Robert S. Mueller and former FBI director James Comey

“Publicly explaining in any greater detail why the release of the Comey Memos would be detrimental to the pending investigation would itself disclose law enforcement sensitive information that could interfere with the pending investigation,” wrote the lawyers, according to The Daily Caller.

Tom Tillison

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