The list of Republican lawmakers and American citizens demanding the release of a classified report that they say reveals political bias at the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) is growing.
The memo is said to contain “alarming” information about the state of government surveillance on American citizens, and Republican lawmakers claim it focuses on the now infamous Trump dossier they say was used by the Obama administration to obtain a FISA warrant to spy and surveil the opposition party.
After reading the memo, several congressmen took to Twitter demanding the release of the document to the public.
I have read the memo. The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen. I have long said it is worse than Watergate. It was #neverTrump & #alwaysHillary. #releasethememo
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 19, 2018
I viewed the classified report from House Intel relating to the FBI, FISA abuses, the infamous Russian dossier, and so-called "Russian collusion." What I saw is absolutely shocking.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 19, 2018
The House must immediately make public the memo prepared by the Intelligence Committee regarding the FBI and the Department of Justice…There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy.https://t.co/CgC0qEqlSp
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 18, 2018
But it is not just Republican lawmakers. NSA whistle-blower and known leaker Edward Snowden is also calling on the release of the memo and for Trump to veto FISA Section 702 reauthorization, and send the bill back to Congress.
Officials confirm there's a secret report showing abuses of spy law Congress voted to reauthorize this week. If this memo had been known prior to the vote, FISA reauth would have failed. These abuses must be made public, and @realDonaldTrump should send the bill back with a veto. https://t.co/BEwJ9EyIq0
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 19, 2018
The other side of this debate, however, claims this is fake news, and says the #releasethememo trend is being driven primarily by Russian bots:
Do Republican House members know or care that they are pushing the same message as Russian bots and trolls? https://t.co/NeAelquw9N
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) January 19, 2018
If there was ever any doubt which side the Russian Bots were on, look no further than this morning's #ReleaseTheMemo hash tag
According to Hamilton 68, the Russian Bot tracking site, the top-trending hashtag among Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence was #ReleaseTheMemo
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) January 19, 2018
— Aki Peritz (@AkiPeritz) January 19, 2018
San Diego Congresswoman’s Office Targeted
#ReleaseTheMemo is trending online and is now being taken to the streets. This was the scene in San Diego at Democrat Susan Davis’ office.
WikiLeaks Offers $1 Million Bounty for Memo Leak
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— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 19, 2018