Republicans want release of secret Russia probe surveillance memo

20 January, 2018, 08:09 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • U.S. Representative Mark Meadows was one of the lawmakers calling for the release of a secret surveillance memo

"House Intel members who shoved fake reform of FISA, a day later reveal [s] bombshell evidence that FISA was abused by Obama officials", Paul said in a tweet.

When will the FISA memo be released?

The Alliance for Securing Democracy says the 600 Twitter feeds it monitors include accounts from actors such as Russian state-run media RT and Sputnik; others that are pro-Russian and amplify government themes; and a third group that is influenced by the first two and "may or may not understand themselves to be part of a pro-Russian social network".

Senior government officials who chose to remain anonymous told Carter that the contents of the memo could also spell an end to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into claims that Russian Federation colluded with the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The process for releasing it to the public involves a committee vote, a source said. The vote went along party lines, with all Democrats voting no on the motion.

A top-secret memo that has been released to members of Congress, but still is being withheld from the American public, characterizes Barack Obama as "the vengeful narcissist" and alleges surveillance abuses by his administration that one representative likened to the work of Russia's KGB.

The memo has been a hot topic all over the internet and news with the secrecy over the memo's contents fueling the fire.

United States President Donald J. Trump salutes the Marine Guard as he returns to the White House in Washington, DC following a trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Conservative lawmakers are insisting that the memo should be shared with the public. reported Thursday that the release of the FISA abuse memo could potentially bring about the end of Mueller's Trump-Russia probe as well as end the careers of many high-ranking government officials.

On Thursday, when Democrats voted against making the memo available for all House members, the panel's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, dismissed it as a "profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republican staff attacking the FBI and its handling of the investigation".

Republican congresweasels hit the airwaves in high dudgeon Thursday night, using the words "explosive", "shocking", "troubling", and "alarming" to describe the details of abuse of power described in the document. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), and House Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).

Since then, several other House GOP members have weighed in on Twitter about the memo in question: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Rep.

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".

Congressional members are hopeful that the classified information will be declassified and released to the public, according to Ms. Carter's report. Americans deserve the truth.

"Rife with factual inaccuracies and referencing highly classified materials that most 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 FBI", Schiff said, according to "This may help carry White House water, but it is a deep disservice to our law enforcement professionals".


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