The memos James Comey made of conversations he had with President Donald Trump when he was FBI director will remain private as releasing them, "could reveal sensitive nonpublic information and compromise" Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, a federal judge ruled Saturday according to a report in Politico.
Mueller is investigating whether there was any coordination between Trump's campaign team and the Russian government as part of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
CNN, USA Today and several other news organizations sued the Department of Justice for the public release of the memos after the DOJ denied their Freedom of Information Act request.
"The Court acknowledges that this situation is rather unprecedented; it is not every day that an FBI Director feels the need to memorialize his conversations with a sitting President and then publicize that he did so," wrote U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in his ruling.
Comey was fired in May by Trump. He often wrote memos after meeting with Trump, and famously released one after his Feb. 14 meeting with the president where Trump urged him to drop the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
"I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting so I thought it important to document," Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last June regarding the reason he wrote the memos. "That combination of things I had never experienced before, but had led me to believe I got to write it down and write it down in a very detailed way."
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