Despite objections from the FBI, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the bureau must make public two October 2017 court orders to keep former FBI director James Comey’s meeting with President Trump a secret. The memos, which were leaked with Comey’s knowledge but then obtained with redactions by Congress, triggered the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017. CNN, which filed the lawsuit to obtain the records, argues that they are necessary to determine why the FBI in April 2018 refused to release the memos after claiming months earlier that it would compromise the investigation. Who knew that CNN would help fuel the fire for upending Obama’s deep state?
Here’s more from Fox News…
Over the objections of the FBI, a federal judge on Thursday sided with CNN in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to make public what the bureau said in two secretive court declarations in October 2017, as part of its aggressive efforts to keep memos documenting former FBI director James Comey’s meetings with President Trump hidden.
Comey’s memos, whose existence was ultimately leaked with Comey’s knowledge and which were later obtained by Congress in redacted form, became a catalyst for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017. CNN filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that same month, and later filed a lawsuit seeking access to the memos.
In their original complaint, CNN noted that FBI Section Chief David Hardy and FBI Deputy Assistant Director in the Counterintelligence Division David Archey, as well as an attorney in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, promptly submitted ex parte declarations to the federal district court in Washington, D.C., as part of their argument that publicly releasing the memos would compromise an ongoing probe.