(CNSNews.com) -- Although the Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions was fighting against it, the D.C. Federal Court ordered the FBI to turn over the Feb. 17, 2017 memo written by then-FBI Director James Comey, which Comey leaked to the press to trigger a special counsel investigation of President Donald Trump.
The court ruled on Jan. 11, 2018 that the FBI must release the memo to the court for in-camera, non-public review of the memo(s) "allegedly detailing conversations" Comey "had with President Trump," reported Judicial Watch, which had filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain the memo.
"The court, in seeking to review the documents, shows it doesn’t trust the FBI or Justice Department’s representations about the infamous Comey memos," said Judicial Watch in a statement.
"We hope now that Americans are one step closer to knowing the facts about these memos, which were written and leaked for pernicious purposes to target a sitting president with a criminal investigation," said the government watchdog group. "It’s high time they begin to see the light of day. We’re glad the court followed up on our specific suggestion that it review the documents directly."
The court ordered the FBI to turn over the Comey memos by January 18. "In doing so, the court rejects arguments by the Sessions Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuits seeking the Comey information," said Judicial Watch.
Comey reportedly wrote the memo after he met with President Trump early in 2017. The president allegedly asked the FBI Director if he would see his way to drop the investigation of presidential adviser Michael Flynn, "to letting this go." (Flynn was subsequently indicted in December 2017 for lying to the FBI on one occasion.)
Regarding that memo, Comey told Congress, "I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter [for The New York Times] … I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”
Judicial Watch reported, "The New York Times published a report about the memo on May 16, 2017. Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed the following day."