A four-page memo circulating in Congress that reveals alleged United States government surveillance abuses is being described by lawmakers as “shocking,” “troubling” and “alarming,” with one congressman likening the details to KGB activity in Russia.
Speaking with Fox News, the lawmakers said they could not yet discuss the contents of the memo they reviewed on Thursday after it was released to members by the House Intelligence Committee. But they say the memo should be immediately made public.
“It is so alarming the American people have to see this,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said.
“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.”
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said he believed people could lose their jobs after the memo is released.
“I believe the consequence of its release will be major changes in people currently working at the FBI and the Department of Justice,” he said, referencing DOJ officials Rod Rosenstein and Bruce Ohr.
“You think about, ‘is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is,” Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry said.
The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday approved a motion by New York Rep. Pete King to release the memo on abuses of FISA, or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to all House members.
A source close to the matter said the memo details the Intelligence Committee’s oversight work for the FBI and Justice, including the controversy over unmasking and FISA surveillance.
The vote Thursday morning on releasing the memo to lawmakers was along party lines, with Democrats voting against making it available for all members.
The process for releasing it to the public involves a committee vote, a source said. If approved, it could be released as long as there are no objections from the White House within five days.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News in December that his investigators have already uncovered evidence of abuse in the U.S. government’s surveillance practices.
“I believe there’s evidence that abuses have occurred,” Nunes said at the time.
Nunes pointed to the leaked conversation of former national security adviser, Gen. Mike Flynn with the Russian ambassador.
On Thursday, the Senate voted 65-34 to reauthorize a FISA provision that allows U.S. spy agencies to conduct surveillance on foreign targets abroad for six years. The bill, which already has been passed by the House, now heads to the White House, where President Donald Trump has said he will sign it into law.
Fox News’ Alex Pappas, Anne Marie Riha and Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
OPINION and RECAP~
In a nutshell Patriots, this is what happened. Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid $12,000,000.00 for a fake Dossier to be manufactured by Democrat operatives. Once this phony garbage was completed, the Clinton camp went to either Barack Obama, Justice Department or someone and used this report to garner a FISA warrant to “spy on, tap phones, hack computers, etc. (with the power of the NSA, FBI)” on then-candidate Trump and his campaign.
Once HRC lost the election anyway, they then used the fake Dossier to force a major investigation with the corrupt Robert Mueller leading the way with HRC cronies to find something, anything to prosecute President Trump and have him impeached.
All along the way, the Democrats knew this was all bogus. Remember, they are the ones who had it manufactured in the first place. The Democrats (being led by HRC) spent tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to put together something to oust a fairly elected President of the United States.
Two things need to happen now, and if they don’t happen, this nation is lost forever. We have no laws, we have no justice, and we have become nothing short of a banana republic if these two items do not happen within a very short period of time.
What happened here Patriots was nothing short of an attempted “Coup De Ta.” That is a reality check. You had a person elected President of these United States; then you had the opposing party “CREATING AND MANUFACTURING” FALSE CHARGES, LAUNCHING FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONS based upon false charges all in an effort to unseat the duly and fairly elected President. THIS IS TREASON OF THE HIGHEST ORDER!
Item 1; The Speaker of the House needs to make these sealed House Memo’s public. He needs to release them to the media and the American people. He can do this according to every legal eagle that was interviewed on Fox News last night, and according to several Congressmen.
Item 2; Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs to almost immediately begin issuing arrest warrants and handcuffing these criminals, treasonous government officials.
I would encourage all patriots to begin calling the Speakers Office this morning and demanding that the Speaker release these memo’s;
Speaker Paul Ryan’s office number; (202) 225-3031 “BE POLITE WHEN CALLING,” remember, he is the Speaker of the House, and we need to be respectful.
Then we need to call AG Jeff Sessions office and demand that justice is applied to all United States citizens who break the law. 202-514-2000
As far as I am concerned, President Donald J. Trump has been vindicated, and it is time to get on with governing this nation. It is the time we arrest these criminal thugs, finish draining this swamp, prosecute them and throw the key away.
Now the question becomes, will CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Time, Politico, and the rest offer up apologies to this President. They certainly owe him a few.