GOP reps demand release of ‘shocking’ surveillance memo: “I thought it could never happen in a country that loves freedom and democracy like this country. It is time that we become transparent with all of this.”

 

I was listening to Congressman Tom Garrett this morning on the radio and he said – without being too specific because the memo is still classified – that the abuse that has been exposed by the memo was a scandal on par with Watergate.

The radio host, who is generally conservative to libertarian responded with a “what?” which was not in his radio voice. It took me aback. Garrett said again said that he couldn’t be specific but that the memo needed to be made public.

(From The Hill)

“I’m here to tell all of a America tonight that I’m shocked to read exactly what has taken place,” Meadows (R-N.C.) said in a speech on the House floor.

“I thought it could never happen in a country that loves freedom and democracy like this country. It is time that we become transparent with all of this, and I’m calling on our leadership to make this available so all Americans can judge for themselves.” 

Meadows and his allies asked GOP leaders in the House to declassify the report as part of a short-term spending bill the House passed late Thursday night. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said he wanted to follow House rules on the matter and deferred to Nunes and the Intelligence Committee.

Nunes could call for a vote to release the report on his panel. If a majority on the committee agrees to declassify the report, the executive branch would then need to sign-off to make it public, said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), another Freedom Caucus member.

“It is so alarming the American people have to see this,” Jordan said.

Speculation about the memo and what it might say exploded on social media Thursday night under the hashtag #releasethedocuments. Conservative firebrand Sean Hannity kicked off his Thursday night Fox News show with a message directly to special counsel Robert Mueller.

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