Republicans want release of secret Russia probe surveillance memo

U.S. Representative Mark Meadows was one of the lawmakers calling for the release of a secret surveillance memo

U.S. Representative Mark Meadows was one of the lawmakers calling for the release of a secret surveillance memo

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is slamming House Intel members who this week pushed Section 702 of the Fisa Amendments Act through for long-term reauthorization without reform. The Twitter hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo began trending on the social media site during the day.

Did President Trump know about the existence of the FISA document now in the hands of House investigators?

As the Russian Federation investigation continues, controversies have surfaced in recent months over the role played by a Fusion GPS dossier containing scandalous but unverified claims about President Trump.

In November, Reps. Gaetz, Gohmert, and Biggs, all members of the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Director Wray, asking for an investigation to be launched into the FBI's treatment of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during their e-mail investigation.

He went on, "Rife with factual inaccuracies and referencing highly classified materials that most of Republican Intelligence Committee members were forced to acknowledge they had never read, this is meant only to give Republican House members a distorted view of the F.B.I".

"The facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy".

If the Representative learned of the memo before the vote on S. 139, why did he not publicly push for its release to all House members prior to the vote on S. 139?

Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisTrump endorsement boosts Republican in race Week ahead: Defense spending ties up budget talks Florida GOP Rep. DeSantis announces bid for governor MORE (R-Fla.) said the report "raises serious questions about the upper echelon of the Obama DOJ and Comey FBI as it relates to the so-called collusion investigation".

Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee were quick to dismiss the controversy.

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The information in the document will lead to the firing of government officials, but it won't end there, Gaetz told Fox News.

"It's troubling. It is shocking", North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said.

'Part of me wishes that I didn't read it because I don't want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much'.

"You think about, 'Is this happening in America or is this the KGB?' That's how alarming it is", Representative Scott Perry, (R-Pennsylvania), said, according to Fox News.

Rep. DeSantis is spearheading a move to get the Top Secret FISA document declassified and available to the public. "And I am calling on our leadership to make this available so that all Americans can judge for themselves".

"It is so alarming the American people have to see this", Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan was quoted as saying.

"Rule X of the House Rules allows the select committee to publicly disclose any information in its possession after a determination by the select committee that the public interest would be served by such disclosure". "If approved, it could be released as long as there are no objections from the White House within five days". In the event of an objection, a debate would then take place in the House. "Let's release the documents".

With that being said, it looks like the memo could be released to the masses by January 23rd, 2018. "The sickening reality has set in".

A senior committee official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said the talking points, which were based on classified material made available to the committee by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department, mischaracterize the work of the intelligence community and law enforcement "in a way that is damaging as well as false".

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