The White House has just declassified the FISA memo, a 4-page document drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA).
“A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves,” the president commented on the document.
“The memo was sent to Congress, it was declassified. Congress will do whatever they’re going to do. But I think it’s a disgrace what’s happened in our country,” Trump told reporters.
Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has called for Nunes to be removed as House Intelligence Chair. Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the FISA memo “dangerous” and “illegitimate” in a letter to Paul Ryan.
Both Democrats have asked the current Speaker of the House to intervene, so that the four-page memo, an excerpt from an approximately 50-page document, never sees the light of day.
“Congress doing its job in conducting legitimate oversight over a very unique law, FISA, and if mistakes were made and if individuals did something wrong then it is our job as the legislative branch of government to conduct oversight over the executive branch if abuses were made,” Ryan said about the document. “What this is not is an indictment on our institutions of our justice system. This memo is not an indictment of the FBI, of the Department of Justice.”
Earlier on Friday, the president echoed Speaker Ryan’s sentiments.
“The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!” Trump wrote.
Then the president quoted Tom Fitton, the president of the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch.
“You had Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party try to hide the fact that they gave money to GPS Fusion to create a Dossier which was used by their allies in the Obama Administration to convince a Court misleadingly, by all accounts, to spy on the Trump Team,” Trump tweeted, citing Fitton’s words.
The document is expected to be made public later in the news day.
*Update: The FISA memo was released shortly after the time of this publication and can be read here.
This is a breaking news story, more information will be provided as forthcoming.
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