Byron York asks, "Why are the Comey memos secret?" You may recall that James Comey memorialized certain conversations he had with President Trump in form of memos to himself. He then leaked them to the New York Times through a friend of his, Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman. He leaked the memos, he told Congress, for the purpose of getting a special prosecutor appointed.
Success! That special prosecutor is Robert Mueller, who has convinced Judge James Boasberg that disclosure of those very memos "could reasonably be expected to interfere" with Mueller's ongoing investigation. According to Congressman Trey Gowdy, Mueller and the Judge are correct. Disclosure would interfere with the investigation.
"I have read the memos," Gowdy said on Fox News "Special Report" Monday. "They would be defense Exhibit A in an obstruction of justice case — not prosecution exhibit, defense Exhibit A. If Comey felt obstructed, he did a masterful job of keeping it out of the memos."
An obvious explanation for keeping the secret memos secret is that disclosure might reveal how utterly without merit an investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russia really is, and by extension the pointlessness of trying to obstruct it. All of which might hasten the point at which Mueller and his team of Clinton-contributing, Democratic prosecutors are out of work.
On the other hand, maybe Mueller is not really investigating Trump connections to Russia, but has other reasons for keeping the investigation open. The Mueller-wears-a-White-Hat theory has Mueller investigating the investigators, perhaps in cooperation with the DOJ Inspector General. Seems unlikely, but it's possible. If we see indictments for lying to, or misleading, the FISA Court, or falsifying FBI form 302s, we will know which hat Robert Mueller wears, white or black.
Last updated February 15, 2018 at 12.38