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FISA Memo Explained: What Is It & When Will It Be Released

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A man bikes past the United States Capitol Building on the morning of January 19th, 2018 as congress works to pass a spending bill by midnight. Failure to do so would shut down the United States Government. Credit: Alex Edelman / CNP – NO WIRE SERVICE · Photo: Alex Edelman/Consolidated News Photos/Alex Edelman – CNP
Where: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
When: 19 Jan 2018
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Republican lawmakers around the country are assembling online to demand the release of a new memo, being referred to as the “FISA Memo”, that apparently contains revelations about U.S. government surveillance abuses. All over Twitter lawmakers have been tweeting #ReleaseTheMemo to stir up support online of the “shocking” and “revelatory” being released to the American public.

On Thursday, January 18th, 2018; the House Intelligence Committee voted to make the memo available to read for all members of the lower chambers. Now in the time since the vote, lawmakers have been voicing their opinions online for the four-page memo to be released to the public. Details on the memo have not been released yet, but many people are saying that the memo’s contents will be “explosive” with Florida Republican senator Matt Gaetz saying on Fox News, “the facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy.”

While the memo hasn’t been seen by anyone outside of the House Intelligence Committee, many are speculating that the memo contains evidence of abuses from the Department of Justice and FBI when they forced the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act against Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign during President Obama’s administration. Many Republican politicians like Scott Perry of Pennsylvania said, “You think about, ‘is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is,” when asked about the memo’s details on Fox News.

The memo has been a hot topic all over the internet and news with the secrecy over the memo’s contents fueling the fire. Many news publications are claiming that most of the commotion happening online is thanks to a group of Russian hackers trying to stir up drama in America.  The Washington Examiner reported that the file is available to read for anyone who is a member of the House but it must be read in a contained room and must never leave that room. Now, Wikileaks has set up a fund for anyone with access to the memo to release it to the notorious site for a reward of $1 million.


Will The FISA Memo Get Released?

While we aren’t too sure when exactly the memo will be (or if) it will be released to the American public, but Fox News reported on January 18th saying, “the process for releasing it to the public involves a committee vote, a source said. If approved, it could be released as long as there are no objections from the White House within five days.”

With that being said, it looks like the memo could be released to the masses by January 23rd, 2018. If the weekend is not being counted into the “five days” for the release it could be released January 25th, 2018. It is important to note that the White House can object and deny the memo to be released so there have been no promises made yet.

United States President Donald J. Trump salutes the Marine Guard as he returns to the White House in Washington, DC following a trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Credit: Ron Sachs / Pool via CNP – NO WIRE SERVICE – Photo: Ron Sachs/Consolidated News Photos/Ron Sachs – Pool via CNP
Where: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
When: 18 Jan 2018
Credit: Ron Sachs/picture-alliance/Cover Images

Republican politician Mark Meadows was quoted saying, “Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it, because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.” It seems that only the Republican party are the only ones making demands for this memo to be released in order to strengthen the Trump administration but Democrats are saying it is not true. Top Democrat in the House Committee, Adam Schiff, was quoted saying that the memo is, “Rife with factual inaccuracies and referencing highly classified materials that most of Republican Intelligence Committee members were forced to acknowledge they had never read, this is meant only to give Republican House members a distorted view of the FBI.”

We will continue to watch this story as it develops and will report back IF the memo is revealed to the United States public.


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