FISA Memo Released

The House Permanent Committee on Intelligence has released the controversial FISA memo involving the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Here is a copy of the memo.

A controversial memo with the title Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has now been made public.

The Chairman of the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence, Devin Nunes, released the following statement:

The Committee has discovered serious violations of the public trust, and the American people have a right to know when officials in crucial institutions are abusing their authority for political purposes. Our intelligence and law enforcement agencies exist to defend the American people, not to be exploited to target one group on behalf of another. It is my hope that the Committee’s actions will shine a light on this alarming series of events so we can make reforms that allow the American people to have full faith and confidence in their governing institutions.

The memo has been the subject of intense political activity by all parties involved because of the political ramifications of the document. It involves actions by employees within the Department of Justice, Including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others.

The memo that has been released is not all of the information that House investigators have uncovered in their review of the FBI and Justice Department Trump-Russia investigation. This likely indicates the intense political fight over the memo will play out in different ways when or if the Intelligence Committee releases additional information in the future.

The contents of the memo have been rumored and these rumors have created political pressure within the Department of Justice. There has already been some fallout for some federal employees who have been involved in the activities covered by the controversial memo.

Nunes Memo

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