Justice Department releases Comey memos


Following a request by the Republican chairmen of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Judiciary committees, the Department of Justice has given Congress copies of the memos drafted by former FBI Director James Comey on his interactions with President Trump. 

Comey says he began the memos after a Trump Tower meeting to brief the president-elect on Russia’s claims involving prostitutes. 

During an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Thursday, Comey said, “Given the nature of the person, as I understood the president-elect, he might not tell the truth about those if it ever became an issue so I needed a written record.”

Comey says the issue came up again in the Oval Office. 

“He told you he’d had a personal conversation with President Putin about hookers?” Maddow asked. “Yes,” Comey replied.

Late Thursday night, Mr. Trump tweeted that the memos prove “there was no collusion and no obstruction,” adding Comey “leaked classified information.” 

In a statement, three Republican committee chairs said the memos were significant “for both what is in them and what is not,” asserting that they do not suggest any attempt by Trump to obstruct justice.

The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee disagrees, saying the memos prove President Trump interfered in a “blatant effort to deny justice.”

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