ACLU seeking additional information about Comey and Trump


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) submitted a request on Wednesday to the FBI and Department of Justice. It seeks to obtain a memo reported to have been written by former FBI Director James Comey.

An unnamed source said the memo, written in February by Comey, details a conversation between Comey and President Trump. The memo is reported to say that the President asked Comey to stop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Comey shared the memo with a few trusted associates, according to the source.

Hina Shamsi, ACLU National Security Project Director, says the public has the right to know if the report is accurate.

“There are serious concerns that the president may have improperly tried to obstruct an FBI investigation,” Shamsi said in a statement.

Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz (UT), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has suggested he may subpoena the memo and that he is planning to ask Comey to testify about the matter.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), and ranking member Mark Warner (D-VA), have already requested that the FBI submit any notes or memos written by Comey which may relate to the White House or Justice Department. The Committee has also requested that Comey testify for them as well. They are conducting an investigation regarding allegations of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

This is the second Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the ACLU this week. The first, submitted Monday, requested records on the former FBI Director’s dismissal last week.

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