House GOP leaders have demanded unredacted copies of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos about his meetings with President Trump.
“There is no legal basis for withholding these materials from Congress,” wrote Reps. Devin Nunes, Trey Gowdy, and Bob Goodlatte, the chairmen of three House committees with oversight over the Department of Justice, in a Friday letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
They set a Monday deadline for the memos to be produced — the day before the official publication of Comey’s tell-all book, which was leaked to the press last week.
“It appears like there is much in the book that comes from the memos,” Nunes (R-Calif.) told Fox News Friday.
“They were already leaked … They should be made available not just to all the key congressional committees, but … to the public,” he said.
Rosenstein is overseeing the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Comey sparked Mueller’s appointment last May when he instructed a friend to leak four memos about conversations with President Trump to the New York Times.
The FBI has withheld the memos from Congress in the months since, allowing only tightly limited access to redacted versions and saying that they are classified because they recount conversations between the president and the FBI director.
Comey is set to launch a high-profile tour this week to support the Tuesday publication of his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”