(National Sentinel) Trump Dossier: The House Intelligence Committee quietly voted to approve the release of “a memo documenting abuse of the FISA program,” a move journalists believe could be “catastrophically” bad for Democrats, reports Fox News’ Chad Pergram.
In a tweet, Pergram also noted that while the full committee voted to release a transcript of Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, earlier, Democrats on the intelligence panel moved to block the release of other documents, including, he believes, the memo.
FISA is a reference to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; under the act, the U.S. intelligence community must request surveillance warrants from the FISA court, which meets in secret.
There has been speculation that the infamous Trump dossier, which was commissioned by Fusion, paid for in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign, and which has been the subject of intense congressional scrutiny, was used to justify obtaining a FISA court warrant to spy on the 2016 presidential campaign of GOP nominee Donald J. Trump.
“Fox is told that while the Intel Cmte voted in favor of the Simpson transcript, Democrats blocked the release of other documents. The committee has also voted on a motion by Rep. Pete King (R-NY) to make available to all House members a memo documenting abuse of the FISA program,” Pergram tweeted.
In another tweet, the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York called the release a “major development.
After noting that the memo, which is classified, could be viewed in a secure room now by all House members, York tweeted the importance of the document? “Report contains answer to question of whether FBI/DOJ used Trump dossier to secure FISA warrant to spy on Americans, plus other issues. Now, whole House can know. Public still in dark. 3/3”
Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist, tweeted after learning of the document and its release, “Blocking documents is a super weird thing to do if, as Democrats assert, all they want is transparency. What are they trying to hide?”
Davis then added, “Schiff and the rest of the House Intel Democrats saw the DOJ/FBI/FISA docs on the dossier over a week ago. The lack of any leaks plus their votes today to block release of that info suggest the documents are catastrophically bad for Dems.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., recently told fellow Republicans he has seen evidence demonstrating clear “abuse” of government surveillance programs by the Justice Department and FBI.
As reported exclusively by investigative correspondent Sara Carter of Circa News, “The unverified dossier alleging connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russians was used as evidence by the FBI to gain approval from a secret court to monitor members of Trump’s team.”
Last week House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said, “Some of the things that will be coming out are so unbelievable that the FBI and DOJ would actually allow it to happen. And I would also say that there are other agencies… We are focusing in, honing in on that target.”
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