President Trump broke with top officials at the Justice Department and called for the release of a classified memo purported to list Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by the U.S. government, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
Despite warnings from top officials at the agency, Trump reportedly told Attorney General Jeff Sessions through Chief of Staff John Kelly that he wants to see the memo released, believing that it will shed light on the special counsel investigation.
I’m here to tell all of America tonight that I’m shocked to read exactly what has taken place,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said in a speech on the House floor.
“I thought it could never happen in a country that loves freedom and democracy like this country. It is time that we become transparent with all of this, and I’m calling on our leadership to make this available so all Americans can judge for themselves,” he said.
House Republicans who have read the document claim that it reveals politically motivated behavior at the FBI and Justice Department during the Obama administration resulted in improper surveillance of Trump’s presidential campaign.
Some in the GOP believe the memo could derail Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump “is inclined to have that released just because it will shed light,” a senior administration official told the Washington Post in a story posted Saturday.
“Apparently all the rumors are that … it will help the investigators come to a conclusion,” the official said.