Judicial Watch has sued the Department of Justice to find if former FBI Director James Comey “coordinated” with special counsel Robert Mueller ahead of his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee in June.
The conservative watchdog group filed a Freedom of Information Act for “all records of communications” between the Department and Comey “prior to and regarding Comey’s testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on June 8, 2017,” Judicial Watch announced Tuesday.
“It would be a scandal if Comey coordinated his Senate testimony with Mr. Mueller’s special counsel office,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Tuesday.
The Justice Department failed to meet a deadline to voluntarily release the documents previously.
The request for the records was spurred by a Fox News report that Comey “closely coordinated” with Mueller.
“A source close to James Comey tells Fox News the former FBI director’s Senate testimony has been ‘closely coordinated’ with Robert Mueller, whom the Justice Department appointed as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation,” the network reported in June.
Some Republican lawmakers have argued that Comey’s friendship with Mueller makes the prosecutor appointed to lead the Russia probe an unsuitable choice in the wake of the FBI chief’s firing by President Trump. In Comey’s controversial testimony, he admitted to leaking a memo that contained notes on a conversation he had with Trump to The New York Times in order to get a special prosecutor appointed.
“Mr. Comey may have violated the law in leaking these memos to the media,” Fitton said. “It speaks volumes that we’ve had to wait three months for a non-answer and then we’ve had to go to federal court to get that information.
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