House Intelligence Committee Republicans are reportedly letting lawmakers in the lower chamber see a highly classified report outlining concerns about the conduct of top FBI and Justice Department officials, and their handling of a surveillance program.
“We have concerns — [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] concerns — that all members of the body should know,” said Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, Politico reported.
GOP lawmakers argue FISA was inappropriately used to snoop on a foreign policy aide to the Trump campaign.
But some conservative House Republicans want it released to the public too, including Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who said its release is necessary to “preserve our democracy,” and Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., who contends the report would reveal “FISA abuse,” Politico reported.
Politico and Bloomberg reported Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. asked Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to authorize a vote on releasing the report. The source said Ryan deferred to the House Intelligence Committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.
“It is time that we become transparent on all of this,” Meadows said, Politico reported. “And I am calling on our leadership to make this available so that all Americans can judge for themselves.”
“That’d be real dangerous,” he told reporters, suggesting a version of the committee’s findings could be made public, Politico reported.
The top Democrat on the intel panel scoffed at the release.
“[T]he Majority voted [Thursday] 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,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a statement, Politico reported.
“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 said, Politico reported.
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