Three Republican lawmakers are waiting to receive the unredacted memos crafted by former FBI Director James Comey about his conversations with President Trump, in the hours before the first of several television interviews with Comey are set to air.
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House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., along with House Oversight Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., sent a letter last Friday to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein requesting the Comey memos be made available “immediately” to all three committees.
“We’re looking to receive the unredacted Comey memos so that we have the opportunity to see what Mr. Comey is telling the people in his book, compared to what is occurring in terms of his recounting of his meetings with the president earlier last year,” Goodlatte, who said the deadline to answer the request is Monday at the close of business, told Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Goodlatte said the memos are in possession of the Department of Justice and special counsel Robert Mueller and does not see any reason why they should not be given to the committees.
“There’s no legal principle to not make them available to the Congress,” he said.
If the deputy attorney general does not turn over the documents, Goodlatte said there are additional steps the committees can take, which could include firing Rosenstein.
“All of those tools are on the table, but I don’t think we should say what we’re going to do until we actually reach a decision that we have to do it,” he explained.
The Virginia Republican said Comey – who was fired by Trump last May – is “aggrandizing” himself and is “out for revenge,” regarding the release of his book “A Higher Loyalty,” which will hit store shelves on Tuesday.