Justice Department to give Congress access to James Comey memos

Posted at 1:51 PM, Apr 19, 2018

The Justice Department is expected to make the James Comey memos available to Congress on Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

The fired FBI director wrote the memos memorializing his conversations with President Donald Trump.

It was not immediately whether the memos would be provided in redacted form, unredacted in a classified setting, or some combination.

CNN reported Wednesday that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte might issue a subpoena to the Justice Department demanding the memos this week.

The move would escalate a feud between the Justice Department and the three GOP chairmen -- Goodlatte, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy -- who have been demanding access to the Comey memos and other records from the Justice Department as part of their investigation into the FBI's handling of the Clinton email inquiry in 2016.

Gowdy told CNN on Wednesday that there's nothing in the memos that should prevent the Justice Department from providing them to Congress. He said the redactions are minor, and the larger issue is that Congress should be given access to the memos as part of its oversight role.

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