IT’S SPREADING: Interest in Classified FISA Memo Spreads to US Senate – GOP Senators Ask to View Explosive Document
A classified 4-page explosive intelligence memo created buzz last week among the scores of House Republicans.
The memo detailing alleged surveillance abuses has been viewed by over 100 Republican lawmakers since it was made available.
Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH), told FOX and Friends this morning the memo is “deeply disturbing.” Joyce warned that once Americans see it, they’ll “be surprised how bad it is.”
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) told host Chris Cuomo that the “essence” of the “shocking,” FISA abuse memo centers around the DOJ and FBI providing false intelligence to the courts.
On Monday at least three different Republican senators asked to view the explosive document.
The Washington Examiner reported:
A top secret memo on alleged surveillance abuses that was made available to the entire House on Thursday is piquing interest of some Republicans in the Senate.
The four-page report, written by the GOP majority in the House Intelligence Committee, has already made waves among dozens of House Republicans demanding its release to the public over concerns about the misuse of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by the Obama administration, even as Democrats dismiss its contents as nothing more than “talking points.”
The effort by conservatives, boosted online by a hashtag, #ReleaseTheMemo, appears to be gaining momentum as Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is participating in talks about the process through which it could be unveiled, lawmakers say.
In the meantime, some Republican senators are curious about the memo’s contents.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., made an effort to gain access to the memo, but was rejected, his spokesman, Sergio Gor, confirmed to the Washington Examiner on Saturday.
A member of the Senate’s intelligence panel, James Lankford of Oklahoma, also wants to see it.
“Senator Lankford has expressed interest in seeing the memo,” Lankford’s communications director, D.J. Jordan, told the Washington Examiner in an email on Sunday, adding: “To date, he has not seen the memo yet.”
One other member of the upper chamber member, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, attempted to view the report, but was blocked. He did, however, receive a briefing on it from Nunes, according to CNN’s Manu Raju.