A U.S. District Judge, James E. Boasberg ruled that the FBI must turn over to the court for in camera, non-public review Comey’s memos allegedly detailing conversations he had with President Donald Trump, reports Judicial Watch.
“‘The court, in seeking to review the documents, shows it doesn’t trust the FBI or Justice Department’s representations about the memos. We hope now that Americans are one step closer to knowing the facts about these memos, which were written and leaked for pernicious purposes to target a sitting president with a criminal investigation. It’s high time they begin to see the light of day. We’re glad the court followed up on our specific suggestion that it review the documents directly,’ reported Judicial Watch.”
The court ordered the government to turn over the Comey memos for review by January 18. In doing so, the court rejects arguments by the Sessions Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuits seeking the Comey information.
The memos Judicial Watch is specifically trying to claim is a February 14, 201, memo that memorialized an Oval Office conversation between the president and Comey regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Then on September 7, 2017, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA on behalf of the Daily Caller News Foundation for “all unclassified memoranda authored by former FBI Director James Comey that contemporaneously memorialized his discussions with President Donald Trump and his aides.”
Judicial Watch argued that “at a minimum, the Court should review the Comey Memos in camera to determine whether all responsive records have been located. This can be easily accomplished by comparing the memos to the very public testimony of Director Comey.”
With regards to Hillary Clinton’s 72,000 pages of documents that Clinton attempted to delete or did not disclose to the FBI last year, there has also been a development with those documents as well.
A federal court judge has ordered the State Department to speed up the processing and production of these emails. The same District Court Judge, James E. Boasberg, ordered State to finish processing the remaining documents by September 28, 2018.
Prior to the FBI investigation, Clinton repeatedly stated that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails. In response to a court order in another Judicial Watch case, she declared under penalty of perjury that she had “directed that all my emails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or are potentially federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done.”
Clinton failed to turn over at least 627 emails in that 55,000-page production, further contradicting Clinton’s statement that “as far as she knew” all of her government emails had been turned over to the department.
The court also ordered the State Department to identify and explain the basis for all documents withheld in full – both the 55,000 pages of emails turned over by Clinton and the 72,000 pages of records recovered by the FBI which have been processed thus far – by April 6, 2018.
It was all thanks to Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuits, not Congress or the media, that uncovered Clinton’s email cover-up and related crimes. Now it is up to the Justice Department to finally follow up with an honest and independent investigation.