CNN Sues FBI for Release of James Comey Memos

James Comey

CNN is asking that a federal court compel the FBI to make public FBI director James Comey’s memos that describe his conversation with President Trump.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington on Thursday, CNN claims that despite the filing of a Freedom of Information Act request, the FBI has yet to make them available or give reason for not doing so. CNN reported on the lawsuit on its website.

“We think the public has the right to see them,” CNN president Jeff Zucker told Variety. “It’s in the pursuit of what we do every day. We think it’s in every journalist’s interest and we are happy to take the lead on this.

Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week and described writing the memos as well as their contents. He also said that he purposely excluded classified information from the memos.

He said that he began writing memos after his first meeting with Trump in early January.

Comey gave the memos to a friend with the purpose of providing details to the media. The New York Times published a story on May 16, in which the friend described some of the contents of the memos. Included was Comey’s account of a Feb. 14 meeting in the Oval Office in which he claims that Trump said of the FBI’s investigation of Michael Flynn, “I hope you can let this go.”

Flynn was fired on May 9. After the disclosure of some of the contents of his memos, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate Russian interference into the 2016 election and whether members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian intelligence.

The Washington Post and other news outlets reported on Wednesday that Mueller is now investigating whether Trump obstructed justice in relation to the Russia probe.

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  1. Jake pliskin says:

    I Heard that Comey has a terminal illness that he doesn’t have very long to live I wish him well source told me.

  2. Tribe Master says:

    No dice. If the FBI has the memos, then they are evidence if there is a potential criminal investigation. Law Enforcement will not, or should never, release evidence until a criminal case is prosecuted or an investigation is closed.

    Why doesn’t CNN just ask Jim Comey for them? He had no reservation about making them public after he was fired.

  3. tjchurch2001 says:

    I’m a “wannabe” writer who has yet to be published outside of this state & a few blogs, but I thought I was born in a country where I (& not any employers, especially those I no longer work for) got to decide who things I wrote were or weren’t given to.

    I understand Trump has yet to be charged/impeached, let alone fired (though I don’t understand why)… That written, testimony or not, right or wrong, Comey was fired by the FBI, so why must they be asked (let alone sued) by someone who wants the memos he wrote while he was director of the Bureau?!

  4. Cass says:

    Trump is a dumb oaf, but CNN and Zucker are vile idiots.

  5. Sylvia says:

    CNN = Clown News Network

  6. nohw says:

    Excellent, now we will have further evidence to go after Loretta Lynch for her interference in the Hillary Clinton investigation.

  7. Bas says:

    In this midst of AT&T buying parent company Time Warner..Jesus Christ CNN!

  8. Oh, My, My. This is getting better and better. Good for you, CNN.

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