A new court order has instructed the government to turn over the memos by former FBI director James Comey, which detail conversations he had with President Donald. J. Trump.

According to the court order by United States District Judge James E. Boasberg, the FBI must turn over the memos to the Court for in camera, non-public review, following a lawsuit that was filed by Judicial Watch (JW). With the decision, the court has rejected arguments by the Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuits seeking the information.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made a statement regarding the Thursday night ruling:

“The court, in seeking to review the documents, shows it doesn’t trust the FBI or Justice Department’s representations about the infamous Comey memos. We hope now that Americans are one step closer to knowing the facts about these memos, which were written and leaked for pernicious purposes to target a sitting president with a criminal investigation. It’s high time they begin to see the light of day. We’re glad the court followed up on our specific suggestion that it review the documents directly.”

According to JW, the ruling comes following this sequence of events:

  • On June 16, 2017, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for “ FBI Director James Comey’s February 14, 2017 memorandum … memorializing an Oval Office conversation he had with the President on that date regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.”
  • On September 7, 2017, Judicial Watch filed a related FOIA lawsuit on behalf of the Daily Caller News Foundation for “all unclassified memoranda authored by former FBI Director James Comey that contemporaneously memorialized his discussions with President Donald Trump and his aides.”
  • Judicial Watch recently made court filings on behalf the Daily Caller News Foundation and on behalf of Judicial Watch, requesting that the Justice Department be ordered to produce all Comey’s unclassified memoranda about his one-on-one conversations with the president.

Judicial Watch had argued that “at a minimum,” the Comey Memos should be reviewed by the Court “to determine whether all responsive records have been located.”

The memos must be made available for review by January 18.

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