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CNN Correct To File Lawsuit For Comey Documents

June 16, 2017

CNN filed a lawsuit in federal court this week to force the FBI to turn over former director James Comey’s memos documenting his conversations with President Trump.

Producer Greg Wallace filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI in May, but even after an order for expedited service, the feds failed to release documents or indicate the scope of what records they will produce within the statutory time limit. Now, the cable network is suing the FBI for the documents.  I applaud this move based on the right of the public to know this material.

The FBI has yet to make the memos available or give reason for not doing so.  The right of the press to fight for these documents so to be able to report on them, and alerting the citizenry to the facts, is an essential part of the democratic process.   I would expect other news operations to join the suit or start their own for these documents.

This all stems from Comey giving testimony on June 8th before the Senate Intel Committee.  He detailed the attempts by the president to blunt or halt the FBI’s probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia’s role in the 2016 election.

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