The Department of Justice asked for and received an extension to provide Congress with copies of memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote about his interactions with President Donald Trump.
According to Politico, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did not meet a Monday deadline and asked a trio of lawmakers — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy — for more time. They told Rosenstein that would be fine.
It was reported last year that Comey documented his interactions and conversations with Trump in order to create a permanent record. He expressed an openness to share the memos with members of Congress, but the DOJ has yet to hand them over.
The content of one of the memos appeared in The New York Times last spring after Comey shared it with a friend, who he asked to give it to a member of the media.
Comey is on a national media tour as he promotes his new book that provides a detailed glimpse about his dealings with the Trump administration, both before and after Trump took office.
Trump fired Comey last spring, and some have alleged that Trump may have committed obstruction of justice by doing so because of the counterintelligence investigation regarding members of Trump's inner circle and Russia that was ongoing at the time.
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