GOP Rep says efforts to release FISA abuse memo to public ‘effective’

On Saturday, Rep. Dave Joyce, a Republican from Ohio, said the House Intelligence Committee “plans to begin” the release of a scathing memo that allegedly contains revelations about U.S. government surveillance abuses and abuses of the FISA court.

“Great news! Our efforts to have been effective and the HPSIC plans to begin the process to release the FBI/FISA/Russia memo. This may take up to 19+ Congressional work days but Americans deserve to know the truth,” he said on Twitter.

The tweet is more than promising for a number of conservatives who have expressed concerns over the abuses highlighted in the memo.

The Washington Examiner’s Daniel Chaitin said that “a request for further comment from Joyce’s office was not immediately returned.”

But, he reported, “a source told the Washington Examiner that a meeting took place to discuss the process for the memo’s release, but cautioned more details need to be ironed out before a final decision is made.”

The report continues:

In a recent Fox News interview, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said the process, if set in motion, would likely entail another intelligence panel vote. After that, he said, “if the executive branch gives the thumbs up they go public.”

Republican senators appear to have had their interest piqued too, but appear out of luck, at least for the time being. CNN reported Saturday that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wants to read the memo, but was turned down. His spokesman, Sergio Gor, said Paul is “determined” to read it, added CNN’s Manu Raju.

Gor confirmed the details of Raju’s tweet to the Washington Examiner.

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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, was also blocked from reading the memo but received a briefing on it from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

Joyce’s tweet, Chaitin said, “comes one day after 65 lawmakers signed a letter calling on Nunes to publicly release the memo.”

“After reading the document, we were shocked and frustrated, but it has deepened our belief in the vital importance of transparency,” the letter said.  “This important memo will be of interest to anyone who cares about America and our democratic system of government.”

Sadly, that does not appear to include Democrats, who voted to keep the memo from all members of the House of Representatives.

“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,” the letter adds.

Gaetz has also suggested some could go to jail over the contents of the memo, while Sean Hannity and others say the memo effectively ends Robert Mueller’s “witch hunt” against President Trump.


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