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house Bill H. Res. 717

Should the “FISA Memo” Detailing Surveillance Abuses by the FBI be Publicly Released?

Argument in favor

If the FBI and DOJ abused the rights of the Americans with their surveillance activities, the House Intel Committee should make the memo summarizing their findings and any ancillary information available to the public.

Jacob's Opinion
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01/31/2018
Absolutely this information should be released to the citizens of this country so that they are aware of how these agencies violated their rights. Any attempt at not being transparent or covering this up is a travesty and disgrace to this country.
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Chris's Opinion
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01/31/2018
I’m just surprised so many commenters have classified clearance. How do I get that? And what makes this different than what the NSA does? I can’t really fathom how a FBI memo could be national security, either. Release it to the public!
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Bwana's Opinion
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01/31/2018
The FBI has been a political tool since J.Edgar Hoover.
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Argument opposed

The House Intel Committee would do the public a disservice by releasing a partisan memo summarizing misconduct by the FBI & DOJ that cherry picks facts and doesn’t tell the entire story.

Robert 's Opinion
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01/31/2018
This is obviously an attempt by Republicans to politicize the FBI to get to Mueller through Rosenstein. More propaganda directed at Trump’s narrow base to discredit our democratic institutions. I trust the FBI and the professionals in the DOJ more than the political hacks like Nunes. How can this be happening. The whole world is watching.
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Gfeiste's Opinion
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01/31/2018
The facts are cherry picked leading to a false conclusion. Republicans should be ashamed of themselves - but since they are hell-bent on destroying this country I don’t imagine they care whether the information tells the whole truth or not. I know my representatives don’t.
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Kaye's Opinion
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01/31/2018
It should be released at thged same time thgat Trump releases his tax returns
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What is House Bill H. Res. 717?

This resolution — the “Release the Memo Resolution” — would call for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to publicly release the so-called “FISA memo” and ancillary information which detail improper conduct by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Dept. of Justice (DOJ). The memo is classified and purportedly contains evidence of “shocking and un-American” surveillance actions by the FBI and DOJ that violated Americans’ rights. Because it is classified, the committee has to vote to release the information which would then be subject to review by the executive branch, which can try to block its release, before it is made public.

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance to the Senate if passed by the House. It merely expresses the sense of House lawmakers.

Impact

The public; and the House Intelligence Committee.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 717

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced this resolution after viewing the memo drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) to call for its public release. Gaetz led a group of 65 lawmakers in calling for the release of the memo, writing the following to Nunes:

“This important memo will be of interest to anyone who cares about America and our democratic system of government. We are writing to request the immediate release of this document to the public, as well as any relevant ancillary information. The audience of this document should not be limited to Members of Congress — the American people deserve to know the information it contains.”

The House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines to release the Nunes memo while voting against the release of a memo authored by Democratic members. Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) called the vote an attempt to “politicize the intelligence process” and added:

“Sadly, we expect that the president of the United States will not put the national interest over his own personal interest. But it is a sad day indeed when that is also true of our own committee.”

The FBI is attempting to stop the release of the memo and released the following statement:

"As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about the material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy."

The White House signaled that it intends to allow the release of the memo following the completion of its review process, with Chief of Staff John Kelly saying “It will be released here pretty quick, I think, and the whole world can see it.” A spokesman added that “The president would never and will never put American people’s lives at risk and threaten our national security and if anything in this document does that, he will not release it.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Release the Memo Resolution

Official Title

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the so-called "FISA memo", a document prepared by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and any ancillary information, should be released to the public.

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    IntroducedJanuary 29th, 2018
    Absolutely this information should be released to the citizens of this country so that they are aware of how these agencies violated their rights. Any attempt at not being transparent or covering this up is a travesty and disgrace to this country.
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    This is obviously an attempt by Republicans to politicize the FBI to get to Mueller through Rosenstein. More propaganda directed at Trump’s narrow base to discredit our democratic institutions. I trust the FBI and the professionals in the DOJ more than the political hacks like Nunes. How can this be happening. The whole world is watching.
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    This is very much a classified document that is harmful to national security if released. The handful of republicans who are doing this are only using it to further their own agendas, without regards to the safety of those who gathered the intelligence and laws that protect sensitive information and are attempting to gaslight the American public.
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    The facts are cherry picked leading to a false conclusion. Republicans should be ashamed of themselves - but since they are hell-bent on destroying this country I don’t imagine they care whether the information tells the whole truth or not. I know my representatives don’t.
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    It should be released at thged same time thgat Trump releases his tax returns
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    This "Nunes" memo is only a political motivated stunt to make it easier for Trump to get rid of the Russian investigation. Why don't they just let Mueller do his job without discrediting our law enforcement agencies.
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    Can we please look across the partisan aisle to protect our mutual national security? Can we at least agree upon that?
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    Should the cherry-picked garbage made up by unindicted co-conspirator Devin Nunes’ staff be released? There, I fixed it for you.
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    A memo is not proof. NO!
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    It should only be released if Donald Trump releases his taxes and all his investment information to the public.
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    It is a partisan memo that omits key information to slant it to the President’s advantage and ignores how classified info should be released. Nunez has abused his authority to obviously do whatever pleases the President and should be fired or put in jail.
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    The release of classified data to advance political objectives is a VERY dangerous precedent to set. The GOP has no redeeming motivation here and should remember they serve the PEOPLE not their party nor the President.
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    I’m just surprised so many commenters have classified clearance. How do I get that? And what makes this different than what the NSA does? I can’t really fathom how a FBI memo could be national security, either. Release it to the public!
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    The FBI has been a political tool since J.Edgar Hoover.
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    The American public deserve to see just how far and to what lengths top officials at the FBI went to not only halt the investigation into Hillary Clinton but FISA abuses. Additionally, the underlying evidence the memo is based on should be released. This would help to confirm the memo isn't an exaggeration of the truth.
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    If the crooked GOP want to release it then they should also release the memo that Schiff wrote as a rebuttal.
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    The American people deserve to know if illegal activity is occurring in our government.
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    Any memo from an intelligence agency should not be released unless the information is no longer sensitive in nature and then only if sources and methods of getting this data is not compromised. We have hurt the security of our country in the past by not following those two things.
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    Transparency will yield the truth so why hide if their doing nothing wrong?
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    Release the entire document, not just the cherry picked 4 pages
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