Sunday, January 28, 2018

Illinois congressmen pushing to release secret FISA memo, mum on what’s in it

Illinois congressmen pushing to release secret FISA memo, mum on what’s in it, Metamora Herald


By Greg Bishop | Illinois News Network


With all the fervor in Washington D.C. about the investigation into alleged Russia collusion by the Trump campaign, some inside the beltway say something more troubling is found in a memo that’s under lock and key. A couple of Illinois' congressmen are pushing for the memo’s release.

It’s known as the Nunes Memo because it was crafted by House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes. It’s also been referred to as the FISA Memo because it deals with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

While no one has explicitly revealed what’s in the memo, some speculate it deals with abuse of FISA under the administration of President Barack to spy on American citizens, and possibly President Donald Trump when he was a candidate.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said he’s signed on to a letter to have the memo released. When asked if he agrees with U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that the allegations are worse than Watergate, Davis said, “I wish I could tell you what was in the memo, but I cannot do that without violating my security clearance.

“I signed a non-disclosure agreement,” Davis said. “I cannot discuss what was in the memo because I read it in a top secret setting.”

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, said in a letter to Nunes requesting the memo be made public that he believes the allegations of abuses of power by government agencies “are serious matters, and the public has a right to know about them.”

Davis said the ball is rolling to let the memo see the light of day.

“A lot of folks want to see that memo released, but there’s a process that has to happen to get that done and I know our leadership team is working on that process to do so," Davis said.

Some leading Democrats in Congress have said the memo was crafted as a distraction from the special investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia prior to the 2016 presidential election.

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