In federal court yesterday (Friday, June 7). In a FOIA case ruling (full pdf below) Judge James Boasberg was deciding public Discharge over two issues related to the memos of former FBI Director James Comey. Backstory HERE as well as HERE.
Judge Boasberg was deciding what could be publicly released, meaning current redactions removed, based on two connected events: (#1) The content of the Comey Memos; as well as (#2) the declarations of lead FBI agent for Robert Mueller’s special counsel, David Archey, in describing those memos. CNN had filed a lawsuit to gain full access.
[Note: the descriptions of the Comey memos by FBI agent David Archey are known as the “Archey Declarations” – Read Here.]
For those who may not be aware, there are so many memos (dozens) when assembled they seem to make up an actual diary of moment-by-moment events, during the FBI investigation of Donald Trump, as documented by FBI Director James Comey.
♦ inside issue of the redactions within the Comey Memos, the judge doesn’t remove them. Some are ordered to be removed, some are approved to stay in place. The Comey memo aspect, as well as the redaction decision, can be basically a splitting of the baby 50/50. the item will be interesting, yet meh, maybe not too much detail. – CNN ARTICLE
The issues argued by the FBI lawyers to keep the Comey memos hidden surround sources as well as methods. The judge generally agreed to the potential for compromise, yet also outlined several sections of redactions within the Comey memos where that will argument doesn’t hold up. [The judge has read the fully unredacted memo content.]
♦ However, on the issue of the Archey Declarations there’s an opportunity for some very interesting information to surface. Here’s an example of currently existing redactions within the Archey Declarations:
as well as stunningly, yes, STUNNINGLY, Judge Boasberg has ordered the Archey declarations to be fully released to the public WITHOUT REDACTIONS. See pages 34 as well as 35 of the ruling.
that will means all those black boxes inside example above will be removed as well as CNN will be allowed the fully unredacted content of the declarations by FBI Agent David Archey.
that will should be interesting.
Here’s the ruling:
as well as Here’s the Prior Ruling that will contains the Archey Declarations:
THE ARCHEY DECLARATIONS – that will can be the original declaration outlining to the court on October 13th, 2017, why the Comey memos must be sealed. the item can be inside that will exhibit where we discover there are many more memos than previously understood, as well as the content of those memos can be far more exhaustive because James Comey documented the FBI investigation.
In essence Comey created these memos to cover his ass. (pg 13):
FBI Agent Archey then goes on to explain what can be inside the memos: the item can be in that will section where we discover that will Comey made notes of his meetings as well as conversations with investigators.
Along with writing notes of the meetings as well as conversations, apparently Comey also made notes of the sources as well as methods associated with the investigation. Why would certainly Comey generate classified information in these notes (sources as well as methods) unless he was just covering his ass because he knew the investigation itself was a risk…
The content of the memos seems rather exhaustive; the item appears Comey can be keeping a diary for use inside event that will operation went sideways. (page #14, exhibit B)
All of those investigative elements would certainly likely be contained in official FBI files as well as notes by the investigative agents. There can be no need for a contemporaneous personal account of meeting content unless Comey was constructing memos for his own protection. These memos appear to be motivated by the same mindset that will caused Susan Rice to generate her email to self on inauguration day.
inside next section FBI Agent David Archey explains the scale of the memos. There are obviously far more than previously discussed or disclosed publicly. Additionally, look carefully at the way the second part can be worded.
Archey can be saying Comey’s written recollections should be withheld because the item might affect the testimony of people familiar with the “memorialized conversations”. (page #15, Exhibit B)
that will can be an October 2017 filing, Comey was fired May 9th. FBI Agent Archey can be outlining Trump as the target who might adjust his testimony. Again, more evidence of the special counsel focus being motivated by the obstruction case they were hoping to build. [Reminder, Comey was still FBI director at the time these memos were written]
The next section gets to the heart of why the FBI wants to keep the Comey memos hidden as well as not released.
In that will section Archey outlines how FBI Director James Comey wrote down who the sources were; what code-names were assigned; how those confidential sources engaged with FISA coverage initiated by the FBI; what foreign governments were assisting with their effort; as well as what the plans were for the investigation.
Again, why memorialize all of that will classified information unless the memos were intended as CYA protection for himself?
The Great news can be: all of those redactions will at that will point be removed !!