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Roe Statement on Release of FISA Memo

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Washington, February 2, 2018 | Lani Short (202-225-6356) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the four-page memo on the abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), compiled by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence majority staff, was declassified and released:

“For the American people to have trust in their federal law enforcement and federal intelligence institutions, they must know those institutions are acting with integrity and with the preservation of the Constitutional rights of all Americans at the forefront of their missions. When I read this memo, I was outraged that the rights guaranteed to American citizens by the Constitution had not been sufficiently protected. The best way to ensure this never happens again is to share the shortcomings documented in this memo with the American people, shine sunlight on these abuses and demand that those responsible be held accountable. For this reason, last month, I supported a letter joined by 64 of my colleagues calling for its release. I’m glad President Trump declassified this information, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure the Constitutional rights of all American citizens are fully protected moving forward.”

NOTE: Congressman Roe called for release of the FISA memo on January 25. The memo is available here and here.

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