(National Sentinel) Stonewalling: The FBI and Justice Department are keeping unclassified memos belonging to fired FBI Director James Comey from lawmakers and congressional investigators ahead of his book release.

The documents are being treated as though they are state secrets, with FBI officials refusing to allow congressional investigators to view the memos outside of a safe room, The Gateway Pundit reported.

During an appearance with Fox News‘ Lou Dobbs, Washington Examiner columnist Byron York said the secrecy is unwarranted while stonewalling congressional committees that have demanded to see them appears to be tied to the upcoming release of Comey’s new book on Tuesday.

“The public needs to know. There is too much secrecy out,” York said.

“I was writing today about the Comey memos. The fired FBI director is planning his big bookselling extravaganza to start this weekend. And these memos that Comey wrote are being treated like the highest state secrets inside the Justice Department,” he continued.

“Members of the Oversight Committees have asked to see them. They’ve only been allowed to be seen by one or two people. There’s an FBI minder in the room all the time, no copies are allowed, no note taking is allowed. Most of these things are not even classified,” he said.

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