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CNN Files Federal Lawsuit Asking for Comey Memos

CNN Files Federal Lawsuit Asking for Comey Memos
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By    |   Thursday, 15 June 2017 11:38 AM

CNN has filed a federal lawsuit that seeks to obtain copies of the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote detailing his conversations with President Donald Trump.

The network filed the suit Thursday at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It alleges that the FBI is violating the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) because the Department of Justice has already ruled that the bureau should "expedite" CNN's FOIA request regarding the memos.

The content of the memos is not classified, which also is part of CNN's argument for obtaining them.

Comey documented his encounters with Trump this year in written memos he put together after their in-person and phone meetings.

He spoke about his decision to do so during testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, saying he felt uneasy with Trump's request for loyalty in January. Comey also claimed he was worried that Trump was trying to pressure him to drop the FBI's Russia investigation.

Comey admitted to leaking one of the memos to the media via a friend at Columbia Law School in order to trigger a special counsel to lead the Department of Justice's Russia probe.

That source, Professor Daniel Richman, said this week he is "turning the relevant materials over to the FBI."

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CNN has filed a federal lawsuit that seeks to obtain copies of the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote detailing his conversations with President Donald Trump.
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