Published on January 29th, 2018 | by Admin0
Lawmakers Push for Release of Intelligence Committee’s FISA Memo
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today led a group of 65 lawmakers in a letter to Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence urging the immediate release of the four-page FISA Memo document to the public, as well as any relevant ancillary information. In the letter, Rep. Gaetz states, “the audience of this document should not be limited to Members of Congress — the American people deserve to know the information it contains.”
- Cosigners of the letter include: Congressmen Brian Babin (TX-36), Don Bacon (NE-02), Jim Banks (IN-03), Jack Bergman (MI-01), Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Rod Blum (IA-01), Dave Brat (VA-07), Larry Bucshon (IN-08), Ted Budd (NC-13), Michael Burgess (TX-26), Bradley Byrne (AL-01), Buddy Carter (GA-01), Steve Chabot (OH-01), Warren Davidson (OH-08), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Scott DesJarlais (TN-04), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Blake Farenthold (TX-27), Thomas Garrett (VA-05), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Paul A. Gosar (AZ-04), Morgan Griffith (VA-09), Brett S. Guthrie (KY-02), Andy Harris (MD-01), Jody Hice (GA-10), Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09), Richard Hudson (NC-08), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Darrell Issa (CA-49), Bill Johnson (OH-06), Jim Jordan (OH-04), David Joyce (OH-14), Mike Kelly (PA-03), Steve King (IA-04), Raul R. Labrador (ID-01), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Robert E. Latta (OH-05), Barry Loudermilk (GA-11), Tom McClintock (CA-04), Mark Meadows (NC-11), Luke Messer (IN-06), Alex Mooney (WV-02), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Kristi Noem (SD-01), Ralph Norman (SD-05), Steven Palazzo (MS-04), Gary Palmer (AL-06), Scott Perry (PA-04), Ted Poe (TX-02), Jim Renacci (OH-16), Phil Roe (TN-01), Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Francis Rooney (FL-19), Mark Sanford (SC-01), James F. Sensenbrenner (WI-05), Lloyd Smucker (PA-16), Claudia Tenney (NY-22), Mimi Walters (CA-45), Randy Weber (TX-14), Bruce Westerman (AR-04), Roger Williams (TX-25), Ted Yoho (FL-03), and Lee Zeldin (NY-01).
Rep. Matt Gaetz
The full text of the letter can be found below.
The Honorable Devin Nunes
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
HVC-304, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairman Nunes:
Thank you for your hard work as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), and for making the recent four-page memo from HPSCI available to Members of Congress. After reading the document, we were shocked and frustrated, but it has deepened our belief in the vital importance of transparency.
This important memo will be of interest to anyone who cares about America and our democratic system of government. We are writing to request the immediate release of this document to the public, as well as any relevant ancillary information. The audience of this document should not be limited to Members of Congress — the American people deserve to know the information it contains.
Thank you for your service and for your prompt attention to this request.
Member of Congress
Congressman Matt Gaetz Issues Statement Demanding Intelligence Committee Release Classified Memo on DOJ and FBI to Public After Viewing Document
January 18, 2018
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today released the following statement after reviewing information from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, including a memo held in the Congressional Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) that contained previously-undisclosed information involving the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ).
“The House must immediately make public the memo prepared by the Intelligence Committee regarding the FBI and the Department of Justice. 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,” Rep. Gaetz said.
In December, Rep. Gaetz questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the House Judiciary Committee hearing about the clear examples of bias and conflicts of interest at the Department of Justice (DOJ), and within Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators. In his questions, Rep. Gaetz asked when the DOJ learned that Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce J. Ohr had contacted Christopher Steele, former British spy and author of the infamous ‘Trump dossier,’ a document called “salacious and unverified” by former FBI Director James Comey.
Additionally, Rep. Gaetz asked when the DOJ discovered that Mr. Ohr’s wife, Nellie, was employed by Fusion GPS, the company that sponsored the creation and distribution of the dossier. Mr. Rosenstein said that he could not answer Rep. Gaetz’s questions, but that documents would be turned over to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence — even though the Judiciary Committee, not the Intelligence Committee, has oversight authority over the DOJ.
Earlier in December, Rep. Gaetz questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray about former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s statement that the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s misuse of a personal email server was “referred to as ‘special’” and that “the decision was made to investigate it at HQ with a small team.”
In November, Reps. Gaetz, Gohmert, and Biggs, all members of the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Director Wray, asking for an investigation to be launched into the FBI’s treatment of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during their e-mail investigation. On December 6th, Congressman Gaetz, alongside Congressmen Jim Jordan (OH-04), Mark Meadows (NC-11), Scott Perry (PA-04), Jody Hice (GA-10), and Andy Biggs (AZ-05), held a press conference calling for an investigation into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) system and procedures that allow special treatment and bias to take place, in order to prevent “special” treatment from happening again.