There isn’t much that Trump’s friends in Congress won’t do to protect the most morally bankrupt president ever to sit in the White House. Fake accusations against members of the Justice Department and FBI, conspiracy theories that make their way into the public via Fox News, and endless spins on stories of the chaos and corruption in the White House are all just a daily part of life for Republicans these days.
After months of insisting that access to former FBI Director James Comey’s memos were being withheld from Congressional committees’ investigations in order to protect some “deep state” conspiracy, the Justice Department has agreed to allow access to memos that Comey wrote about his interactions with President Trump.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein explained the delay to members of Congress seeking access to the memos, some of which are deemed classified.
Bloomberg reports that:
‘Rosenstein responded in a letter Monday that “one or more of the memos may relate to an ongoing investigation, may contain classified information, and may report confidential presidential communications, so we have a legal duty to evaluate the legal consequences of providing access to them.”‘
Committee members Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and Devin Nunes (R-CA) have led the charge for access to the memos. Grassley complained that Comey’s appearances in the media while promoting his book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership constituted leaking classified information by the FBI director. One memo in particular, which Comey gave to a friend and law professor to release to the media immediately after his firing, has been the subject of much debate among Republicans.
‘Republicans are seeking to spur debate over whether Comey may have violated Justice Department rules by sharing memos with a law school professor, given that department officials had maintained that they hadn’t yet determined whether they contained sensitive or classified material that prevented disclosing them to Congress.’
A Trump administration official says the Department of Justice will begin to provide access for members of Congress to the "Comey memos" as soon as Thursday. https://t.co/2pOAp16tgf pic.twitter.com/kUnptqgRWn
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 19, 2018
The memos are expected to be released “as soon as Thursday,” but the conspiracy theories and accusations are sure to increase even with the access granted.
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