Rep. Gaetz: Republicans 'Fighting for Transparency' on Memos, FISA Surveillance
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) appeared on "The Story" on Friday to weigh in on a classified memo written by Democrats in response to a Republican document alleging FBI and Justice Department bias against President Donald Trump.
The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Monday to release the Democrats' 10-page document. It is now on Trump's desk. If he approves its release, it would be up to the committee to make it public. (A determination was still pending, as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday.)
Gaetz said he expects the memo to be made public Friday evening, and he said the American people should note the very different writing styles used in the Republican and Democratic memos.
He explained that the Republican memo lays out a series of factual conclusions, while the Democratic is heavily footnoted, but the actual text is largely analysis and editorial opinions.
He said the footnotes are likely what the White House is looking over and redacting, because some of them reveal too much about the government's sources and methods of gathering intelligence.
"Very different memos, very different styles, but in both circumstances, Republicans have been fighting for transparency. Democrats voted against even starting an investigation. And now we'll see what their argument is this evening," Gaetz said.
He noted that a key claim from the Republican memo was that the unverified Trump dossier was used by FBI and DOJ officials to obtain FISA warrants to surveil at least one member of the Trump campaign.
"Hopefully we'll be able to move past the partisanship of this moment to some bipartisan reforms that would provide more protections for Americans in these FISA courts," Gaetz said.
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