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FBI ‘protecting’ James Comey memos as part of ‘prospective law enforcement proceeding’

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While former FBI Director James Comey’s memos have already been handed to special prosecutor Robert Mueller, they won’t make it to the press pages.

According to a BuzzFeed report, the FBI said that the memos are now part of a “pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding.”

Both BuzzFeed and CNN requested the memos under the Freedom of Information Act and The New York Times and CNN have filed a lawsuit for the memos, the FBI said releasing the memos could “reasonably interfere with enforcement proceedings.”

The statement implies that there is a possible internal investigation about conversations between President Donald Trump and Comey, but it wasn’t clarified.

“It would be fascinating, of course, to see the Comey memos,” said Project on Government Secrecy Director Steven Afterwood. “But I think this is exactly the sort of circumstance that this FOIA exemption was designed for. That is, to protect records that are at the center of an unfolding investigation where disclosure of the records could compromise leads or prejudice the investigation. That also means, however, that once the investigation is concluded or the special counsel has moved on, the justification for withholding would evaporate and the memos should be released.”

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Comey testified that he knew there might be a day when he needed a record to defend himself and the FBI. For that reason, he wrote down a report of what was said and done with Trump.

Read the full response from BuzzFeed is here.

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Fox News hires former Trump spokesman as Senior Vice President: report

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The revolving door between the White House and Fox News was spinning on Friday as a former spokesman for President Donald Trump was hired by Fox News.

"A bit of news: Raj Shah, the former spokesman in the White House, is joining Fox as a senior Vice President," Washington Post White House correspondent Josh Dawsey reported on Friday.

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After Hope Hicks left her job as White House communications director, she was hired to lead corporate communications for New Fox, the parent company of Fox News.

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Here’s why President Trump’s explicit racism is an impeachable offense

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Without even waiting for former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about President Donald Trump's obstruction of justice, Democrats are legally justified in acting now to impeach the president for his explicit racism, a civil rights activist argued on Friday.

Journalist and author Shaun King laid out his argument in a column published by The Intercept.

To make his argument, King explained the difference between implicit and explicit racism.

"Across the country, corporations and government agencies, including police departments, are offering a wave of what’s called 'implicit bias training.' The fundamental theory is that, in this country, otherwise well-meaning employees can be racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or xenophobic in ways that they may not really even be aware of," he explained. "It’s the notion that people unknowingly or unconsciously discriminate against others."

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Former FBI Director James Comey outlines the burning questions he’d ask Robert Mueller

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Former FBI Director James Comey has written a lengthy post at the Lawfare blog outlining the most important questions that Democrats need to ask of former special counsel Robert Mueller.

Although many of the questions outlined by Comey are simply asking Mueller to rehash the findings of his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he does ask some questions designed to get Mueller to offer up his own analysis of President Donald Trump's actions, such as, "Did you find substantial evidence that the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?" and "Did you reach a judgment as to whether the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?"

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