US House GOP Have Classified FISA Abuse Memo
House Intelligence Committee Republicans are letting lawmakers in the lower chamber see a highly classified report outlining concerns about the conduct of top FBI and Justice Department officials, and their handling of a surveillance program.
“We have concerns, [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] concerns that all members of the body should know,” said Rep. Mike Conaway, (R-TX)
GOP lawmakers argue FISA was inappropriately used to snoop on a foreign policy aide to The Trump Campaign.
But some conservative House Republicans want it released to the public too, including Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)., who said its release is necessary to “preserve our democracy,” and Rep. Lee Zeldin, (R-NY), who contends the report reveals “FISA abuse,”
Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, (R-NC) asked Speaker Paul Ryan, (R-Wis), to authorize a vote on releasing the report. The source said Speaker Ryan deferred to the House Intelligence Committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-CA).
“It is time that we become transparent on all of this,” Mr. Meadows said. “And I am calling on our leadership to make this available so that all Americans can judge for themselves.”
The top Democrat on the intel panel mocked the release.
“[T]he Majority voted [Thursday] on a party-line basis to grant House Members access to a profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republican staff attacking the FBI and its handling of the investigation,” Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-CA), said in a statement.
Let’s see the Memo!