Barack Obama has been in full panic mode ever since Republicans have warned that a shocking memo with “jaw-dropping” content about U.S. government surveillance is about to get public.
According to Fox News, Republicans have suggested that the memo contains frightening evidence about the Obama administration using FISA warrants to spy on Donald Trump’s campaign and transition team before he was sworn in. Rep. Dave Joyce warned that when the American citizens see the document, they could not believe how bad it is.
The memo is expected to be published mid-March, as the process around its releasing requires up to 19 congressional working days. Its releasing is going to require approval by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. He is the one that can decide to bring the committee back together for a vote. In case the majority of the committee decides it should be released, the president will have the final say.
Joyce stated he has already twice read the memo twice, and thought it is deeply disturbing as anyone who has been in law enforcement, and that everyone will see he is right once they have the opportunity to review it.
Democrats wasted no time in trying to downplay the memo as a last-ditch try by conservatives to discredit the Russia investigation and cast doubt on the ones running it. According to California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the memo is a profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republicans attacking the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the way it is handling the investigation, and added that it is riddled with factual inaccuracies and makes the FBI look distorted.
He then said that the memo is so bad that “termination would be the least of these people’s worries”, and that some of the involved might even end up being “prosecuted.”
North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows thinks that the memo is “shocking” and “troubling” – take a look:
“I sometimes wish hadn’t read it. I just don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in America. I am proud to call our country home, and love it so much.”
“You just think, ‘is this happening in America or the KGB?’ Can you see how alarming this is?”, asked Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.