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Republicans demand release of secret surveillance memo in Russian Federation investigation

Republicans demand release of secret surveillance memo in Russian Federation investigation

The contents of the memo are now classified but reports suggest that it contains answers to questions surrounding the controversial 35-page intelligence dossier on President Donald Trump published by BuzzFeed News in January 2016, including whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Obama administration's Justice Department used the dossier to excuse surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"The House Intelligence Committee voted to release a four-page memo on FISA abuses that have disturbed lawmakers to their core".

"The special counsel, Robert Mueller, and his band of Democratic witch hunters never should have been appointed and they need to be disbanded immediately".

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Meanwhile, reports emerged that the Twitter hashtag calling for the memo's public release - #ReleaseTheMemo - was receiving a major online push by Russian-linked Twitter accounts.

A review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday and the revelations could lead to the removal of senior officials in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice, several sources with knowledge of the document stated. "What we are talking about tonight are the abuse of the powerful tools of intelligence that we use to spy on people".

However, a report from the New York Times and testimony from the founder of Fusion GPS, which commissioned the document, have said that American intelligence was already investigating meddling before they knew of its existence.

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'It's troubling. It is shocking, ' added North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows. And Congressman Lee Zeldin of NY said in a statement that "releasing this classified information will not compromise good sources and methods". If approved, it could be released as long as there are no objections from the White House within five days.

'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'.

"There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy", said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

'You think about, "Is this happening in America or is this the KGB?" What I saw is absolutely shocking. This report needs to be released -- now.

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.

The House vote came the same day the Senate voted 65-34 to reauthorize a FISA provision that allows United States spy agencies to conduct surveillance on foreign targets overseas for six years. "This is a matter of national significance and the American people deserve the truth", he said.


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