The Department of Justice (DOJ) has handed over to Congress memos written by former FBI Director James Comey documenting his encounters with President Trump that provide a meticulously detailed, first-hand account of some of the most controversial moments in the Trump presidency.
The memos, obtained by The Hill, document seven conversations Comey had with Trump between January 2017 and April 2017. Four are classified and have been partly redacted, while the remainder are unclassified.
While the major narratives documented in the memos were already publicly known, they provide a few tantalizing new particulars about Comey’s encounters with the president — and have already hardened partisan battle lines on Capitol Hill.
The DOJ, late Thursday, handed over to Congress the 15 pages of contemporaneous notes, which had become something of a holy grail in the controversy over whether the president sought to obstruct justice in the investigation into potential ties between his campaign and Russia.
The three Republican chairmen who forced the release of the memos — Reps. Bob Goodlatte (Va.), Trey Gowdy (S.C.) and Devin Nunes (Calif.) — claimed Thursday that they provide clear evidence that Trump did not seek to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation.