We’re Seeking the Public Release of the Comey Memos Under the Freedom of Information Act

The ACLU today sought the public release of memos reportedly prepared by former FBI Director James Comey that describe his conversations with President Trump. According to multiple news sources, one of those memos documents a conversation in which President Trump urged Comey to close the bureau’s investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. This Freedom of Information Act request comes two days after another ACLU request for documents relating to Comey’s abrupt dismissal last week.

Our request, submitted to the Department of Justice and the FBI, comes after The New York Times broke the story that Comey had memorialized his meetings with Trump, including one that took place in February, the day after Flynn was forced to resign amidst revelations he had lied about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

We believe the issues raised by the Comey memos are so vital that the public should have access to them without delay.

According to reports of the memo’s contents, the president asked the other people present in the Oval Office at the time, including Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to leave the room. Angry over the steady stream of leaks from within his administration, he suggested that Comey jail journalists for publishing classified information and expressed his hope that the FBI director would drop the ongoing investigation into Flynn. “I hope you can let this go,” the memo reportedly quotes Trump as saying.

The commotion around Trump’s statements on Flynn has somewhat obscured his no less chilling request that Comey jail journalists for publishing information based on leaks  something that has never happened in the history of this country. A president who believes that reporters should be criminalized for holding government to account is a president who brazenly disregards the bedrock principles of the First Amendment. Yet recent events make the media’s integral role in protecting our democracy clearer than ever.

We don’t yet know how straight the line is from the FBI’s investigation to Comey’s dismissal, though Trump did indicate last week that the Russia investigation played a role in his decision. But there is more than enough cause for concern, and we’re heartened to see that congressional Republicans agree. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also sent a letter today demanding that the FBI turn over the memo in question, along with any other records documenting Trump’s communications with Comey, by next Wednesday.

While we hope that Congress will be serious about its constitutional oversight role, we believe the issues raised by the Comey memos are so vital that the public should have access to them without delay.

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Anonymous

America over party!

Anonymous

Thumbs up!!

It will happen

Haha Trump! A special counsel you didn't even know about is about to smoke ur ass! It's about time!

Anonymous

What's going to happen when the Dems find out there was noTrump/Russia conclusion?? What is going to happen to New York Times and Washington Post for printing lies???

Anonymous

Whoops....you have a type-O....think you're saying "collusion" not conclusion....Are you delusional? You can have faith and trust in Trump, but still know that he lies. Will it take video for you to believe?
Do you know that USA banks haven't loaned money to Trump for 20 years? Where do you think he gets the cash to build the Trump "empire"? ??? Please just try to be rational and intellectual, not emotional.

Anonymous

It's a lose, lose situation either way. Once Trump, the attempted dictator, is impeached; we will be stuck with the American Jihadist Pence. Pence, Sessions and the religious right wingers will unleash a holy war on the US. I'd rather have Trump than Pence, the lesser of two evils. If pence becomes president there will be a civil war.

Anonymous

You're a moron!

Popo

Something is seriously wrong with R's and trumpers. Are they deaf, dumb, and blind to what's going on? Some are just plain stupid but being in n denial won't change things. The earlier you face facts the less you will feel hurt and angry about being lied to.

Jamie

At least we will know for sure one way or the other!

Doc

What is going to happen when Comey reveals Trump's obstruction of justice? Regardless of possible Russia Trump collusion the obstruction alone is enough for impeachment

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