Republican congressional leaders are up in arms after seeing a memo that shows government surveillance abuses. Early reports indicate that the 4-page memo shows evidence that the FBI and Obama’s Justice Department used the debunked ‘Trump Dossier’ to spy on members of the Trump Administration.
The House Intelligence Committee voted to make the memo available to every House member. But there’s a disturbing catch: Every Democrat on the committee voted against releasing the memo. Republicans are trying to release the memo to the general public. “#ReleaseTheMemo” is currently trending on Twitter.
Rep Steve King said the memo “implied there was some sort of bias in favor of Trump’s 2016 Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.” Rep. Scott Perry was even more forceful saying, “You think about, ‘Is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz has insinuated that this memo ‘threatens democracy to its core.’
“’The House must immediately make public the memo prepared by the Intelligence Committee regarding the FBI and the Department of Justice,’ Gaetz said in a statement. ‘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.’
“Gaetz, who has previously called for the removal of special counsel Robert Mueller, said there could be ‘major changes’ for people working in the DOJ and FBI as a result of the memo’s release.
“On Fox News Gaetz went further, saying he believes people could ‘go to jail’ due to the contents of the memo and the Mueller-led investigation, which is examining possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, is ‘a lie built on corruption.’ He also said it became clear to him why Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., recommended the Justice Department criminally investigate the author of the Trump dossier, former British spy Christopher Steele.”
Something that is obviously quite damaging to the FBI and our American system is troubling. But Democrats are working overtime to stop the release of this memo. There must be something extremely embarrassing to either Hillary Clinton or former President Obama. The Washington Examiner reports:
“The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, called the memo a ‘profoundly misleading set of talking points.’
“'[T]he Majority voted today on a party-line basis to grant House Members access to a profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republican staff attacking the FBI and its handling of the investigation,’ Schiff, D-Calif., in a statement. ‘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 FBI.’
“’This may help carry White House water, but it is a deep disservice to our law enforcement professionals,’ he continued.”
But Republicans are not backing down:
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) demands FISA abuse memo be released immediately: "The allegations contained in this important intelligence document go to the very foundations of our democracy." pic.twitter.com/fXw1eYGo9q
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) January 18, 2018
And now everyone is sounding the alarm. Rep. Steve King said it was “worse than Watergate.”
I have read the memo. The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen. I have long said it is worse than Watergate. It was #neverTrump & #alwaysHillary. #releasethememo
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 19, 2018
Check these reactions out too:
Take it to the bank, the FBI/FISA docs are devastating for the Dems. The whole image of a benevolent Barack Obama they’ve disingenuously tried to portray is about to be destroyed. The real Obama, the vengeful narcissist, is going to be exposed for all to see.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 18, 2018
Now we REALLY know why Adam Schiff did not want Devin Nunes looking into things and reporting the treasonous activity of the LEFT to @realDonaldTrump Thank You @RepDevinNunes you are a PATRIOT! Now, let's #ReleaseTheMemo pic.twitter.com/agu5BgIrvK
— 🇺🇸 MAGA Clive⚖️ (@clivebushjd) January 19, 2018
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) January 19, 2018
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) January 19, 2018
— Sassy Gay Republican (@sassygayrepub) January 19, 2018