Republicans are sounding an alarm about a 4-page GOP-authored memo that allegedly contains supposed abuses of government surveillance abuses during the Obama administration.
An unidentified source told Fox News that the memo details the Intelligence Committee’s oversight work for the FBI and Justice, including the controversy over unmasking and FISA surveillance.
Media Matters notes that the memo controversy is the latest effort to stop Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in the 2016 election:
The new line of attack revolves around a four-page classified memo drafted by Republicans on the House intelligence committee that GOP members claim shows malfeasance on the part of the FBI and Justice Department during the early phases of their investigation into improper communications between Trump associates and Russia.
The implication is that information from a dossier — paid for by anti-Trump Republicans and then Democrats and compiled by the intelligence firm Fusion GPS — was used as the basis for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on the communications of Trump associates, somehow showing bad faith on the part of law enforcement and invalidating the special counsel’s investigation.
After the intelligence committee voted to allow all members of the House to review the memo, several said publicly that it contained damning information that should be released to the public, using the Twitter hashtag “#releasethememo” to promote that action. “Alt-right” and traditional pro-Trump media figures, along with suspected Russian-linked Twitter networks, amplified that call, sending the hashtag to the top of Twitter’s trending list.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said: “It is so alarming the American people have to see this.”
Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina added: “It’s troubling. It is shocking. 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.”
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida stated: “I believe the consequence of its release will be major changes in people currently working at the FBI and the Department of Justice.”
Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania said: “You think about, ‘is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is.”