The Justice Department will make former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's memos detailing his interactions with President Donald Trump available to three congressional committees as early as Thursday, two sources tell ABC News. The Associated Press obtained copies of Comey's memos Thursday.
Comey's response is redacted on the unclassified memos.
The existence of the memos was first revealed when Comey asked a friend to provide the contents of one memo to The New York Times in the hopes it would prompt the appointment of a special counsel.
The 15 pages of documents contain new details about a series of interactions with Trump that Comey found so unnerving that he chose to document them in writing.
Late Thursday, Trump tweeted: "James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION".
The memos also describe Comey warning Trump about the danger of appointing someone too close to him to run the Justice Department - about how that was more of a source of problems for presidents than when someone with more distance becomes attorney general. Comey also wrote that he said he was "eager to find leakers" and "nail one to the door as a message". Trump also at least twice brought up the "golden showers thing" and said he was concerned even if there was a small chance his wife had thought it was true. He also allegedly told Comey that Russian president Vladimir Putin told him, "We have some of the most lovely hookers in the world", but did not specify when, according to Comey's memo.
Flynn was sacked a month later after White House officials said he had misled about his Russian contacts during the transition period.
"In telling the story, the President pointed his fingers at his head and said 'the guy has serious judgment issues, '" Comey writes.
In that same memo, Comey mentioned that Trump spoke about the "serious reservations" he had about then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. But Comey is quoted in the report as saying that McCabe did not tell him he had approved sharing details of the call and, in fact, had left him with the opposite impression.
The discharge of the memos got here within the midst of Comey's media blitz to advertise his new ebook, "A Greater Loyalty", which was launched this week. He and other Republicans, including Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), have been investigating alleged anti-Trump bias at the DOJ in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.
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"I paused for a few seconds and then said that I would answer here, but that this illustrated the kind of question that had to be asked and answered through established channels", Comey recounted. The documents reflect Trump's uneasiness about that investigation, though not always in ways that Comey seemed to anticipate.
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Comey also recounts how he criticized Trump over his answer during the campaign where Trump suggested the U.S. was as guilty as Russian Federation when it came to killings.
In a different memo dated February 14, 2017, Comey talked about Flynn again during a one-on-one meeting with the President. Speaking of the President's recent pardon of I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice-President Dick Cheney, Comey said, "That pardon is an attack on the rule of law. I don't know who the F.B.I.is in this context", Comey said, referring to the newspaper's sources.
The Justice Department agreed to give Congress the Comey memos after House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia threatened to issue a subpoena for them.
It took less than an hour for the memos to leak after Congress obtained them.
It's unclear what form of the memos lawmakers will have access to.
Comey says the comment came during a brief meeting with Trump at the White House in February 2017.
The Justice Department provided the documents to Congress on Thursday. The exchange happened January 27, and Comey wrote his memo the next day.