'People Have to Pay': Lawmaker Calls for Criminal Prosecution of Top FBI, DOJ Officials Named in Memo
A Republican lawmaker is calling for the criminal prosecution of top FBI and Justice Department officials named in the Republican memo on alleged government surveillance abuses.
In a statement, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) said the memo reveals the FISA surveillance program was abused to target the Trump campaign, transition and administration, which he said is "clear and convincing evidence of treason."
My full statement on the declassified memo: pic.twitter.com/eRo6ugpWQ9
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) February 2, 2018
On "America's News HQ," Gosar said it's time to hold people like former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein accountable.
He explained that the memo contains a number of shocking allegations, including that the FBI and Justice Department relied on the infamous anti-Trump dossier to secure FISA surveillance warrants to spy on at least one member of the Trump team. It also asserts the FBI and Justice Department, in their application to the FISA court, used media reporting to lend credibility to the dossier, which they failed to disclose was a political opposition document funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
"This was a premeditated attack on a political opponent, and we can't have that happening," Gosar said. "People have to pay for that."
He echoed remarks Michelle Malkin made on "Fox & Friends" Saturday morning, warning that this could be just the "tip of the iceberg" of the political weaponization of government agencies.
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