GOP Rep. Gaetz: 'People Will Go to Jail' When FISA Memo Released

The Associated Press

According to Carter's report, a classified document that describes "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".

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.

But over the course of numerous interviews on Fox News on Thursday and Friday, not a single Republican who has seen the memo said a single thing about its substance or what exactly they find so troubling about it.

"We have concerns - FISA concerns - that all members of the body should know", Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), a member of the committee, told reporters following the vote. The source said Ryan deferred to the House Intelligence Committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

The FISA memo is not an official work product of the House Intelligence Committee - and it's not clear how it was proudced.

Steve King, of Iowa called the memo "worse than Watergate" in a tweet.

Representative Matt Gatetz (R-Florida) said on Fox Business that not only will the release of this memo result in firings, but "people will go to jail". The vote to release the memo to all members was along party lines, and House Republicans seem adamant that the information should be released to the public.

Senior government officials who chose to remain anonymous told Carter that the contents of the memo could also spell an end to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into claims that Russian Federation colluded with the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.


The DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation have been subjected to increased scrutiny by Congress and some in the media over the allegation that the Trump dossier may have been (and by saying that, I mean most likely) was the spark that prompted wiretaps for Paul Manafort and Carter Page, two aides to then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

Saracarter.com reported Thursday that the release of the FISA abuse memo could potentially bring about the end of Mueller's Trump-Russia probe as well as end the careers of many high-ranking government officials.

But the government official, who viewed the document said "it will be tough for a lot of people to see this and especially the media, which has been attempting to deemphasize the dossier.

The contents of the memo are so explosive, says journalist Sara Carter, that it could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and the Department of Justice and the end of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation". "I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen".

Meanwhile, Trump supporters like Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), and Donald Trump Jr. called for the memo to be immediately released to the American public.

The top Democrat on the intel panel scoffed at the release. "I have long said it is worse than Watergate", he wrote.

"Rule X of the House Rules allows the select committee to publicly disclose any information in its possession after a determination by the select committee that the public interest would be served by such disclosure".

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