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Republicans Move To Release The Memo Concerning Surveillance Abuses

      1/23/2018

President Trump

“Widespread Misuse”

Lawmakers in Washington were shocked by a classified memo released by Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, that detailed what Republicans who have read the memo say it demonstrates “rampant FBI misuse during 2016 and misuse of the FISA law.” And while the country was focused on the Schumer Shutdown over the weekend, Nunes met with Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy to discuss the possibility of declassifying this memo and releasing it to the public.

On Thursday, the Intelligence Committee voted along party lines to allow all House members to view the four-page classified memo. The classified memo is said to detail the relationship between the so-called Steele dossier, the private intelligence dossier that was written in 2016 by former British MI6 intelligence officer Christopher Steele, and the FISA warrant that allowed intelligence officers access to Paul Manafort and Carter Page.

Numerous lawmakers have spoken out regarding the memo

“It is so alarming, the American people have to see it,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said.

“It's troubling. It's shocking,” North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said. “Part of me wishes I didn't read it. I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things are happening in this country that I love so much.”

“I believe the consequence of its release will be major changes in people currently working at the FBI and the Department of Justice,” Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said.

Wikileaks has even taken to Twitter, offering a reward of up to $1 million for access to the FISA Abuse Memo. #ReleaseTheMemo was trending on Friday.

The Nunes memo focuses on the FBI's use of the dossier on Trump and Russia compiled by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele and paid for through Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The document alleges that the FISA judge who signed off on surveillance warrants for members of Trump's team during the campaign was not given full information about the dossier that was used in at least one application, including that it was paid for by the Democratic sources.

While lawmakers do want to get it into the public’s hands, they are cautioning that there are procedural hurdles to overcome before such a thing can happen. "It's like any document you put out, it should be referenced, footnoted — it should have the appropriate underlying reference to the material and to the degree that you can, show that material," said Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who has called for the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller and the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"I think the memo is accurate, but I think just because we know what the other side's argument is going to be, you need that," Jordan added.

Nunes declined to comment on his discussions with Gowdy and Goodlatte. "I don't talk about committee business," Nunes said.

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