'We Have a Problem': Rep. Issa Says Americans Have a Right to See FISA Abuse Memo
Republican lawmakers are calling for the release of a memo that purportedly reveals government surveillance abuses.
The House Intelligence Committee may vote on releasing the memo, which some House Republicans have claimed contains "disturbing" information on how the law was used to target the Trump campaign.
On Wednesday, the Justice Department issued a rebuke to the House Intelligence Committee over the memo, stating it would be "reckless" to release the information without it being cleared.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said on "The Story" on Thursday that the memo is indeed as damning as some lawmakers have claimed, and the American people have a right to see it.
He said the memo and supporting documents give a "road map" to how the FISA surveillance program was abused by the Obama Justice Department and the Democratic Party during the 2016 election.
Issa said he expects the House Intelligence Committee to vote to release the memo, with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and other Democrats voting no.
"But when the people of America see the four pages and then the additional documents, what they're going to see is we have a problem in the FISA courts," Issa said. "We have to fix the institution that allows your Fourth Amendment, your privacy right, to be circumvented using these techniques."
He said it's interesting that the various Russia investigations were launched to probe potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but what has actually been revealed is "the Department of Justice colluding with the Democratic Party."
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