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Republicans: Memo Answers, Leads to More Questions

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By    |   Friday, 02 February 2018 04:02 PM

Republican lawmakers Friday afternoon, for the most part, applauded President Donald Trump's decision to declassify a House Intelligence Committee memo that claims the FBI and Justice Department used an anti-Trump dossier to obtain a warrant to spy on one of his campaign aides.

However, for many, the memo raised even more questions.

According to NBC News, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement:

"I think it answered a lot of important questions but it raises others," Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis told Fox News' Harris Faulkner. "It answers the question, did the FBI use the Democrat Party-funded dossier to obtain surveillance and the answer to that question is yes."

The memo claims that a FISA warrant could not have been issued for former Trump campaign Carter Page without claims made in a dossier compiled by British spy Christopher Steele and funded in part through the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

"The memo points out that [Deputy FBI Director] Andrew McCabe in his testimony said there would not have been an application for surveillance but for the dossier. Whatever percentage of the dossier was based on his testimony, there would not have been surveillance issues if you didn't have the dossier."

Further, the document implicated Bruce Ohr, "one of the top ranking officials in the Obama Justice Department," whose wife worked for Fusion GPS, the company behind the dossier, and she was "feeding him all this negative research on trump, unverified research as even [dormer FBI Director] James Comey has admitted. He is taking that and feeding it back to the Obama administration."

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee, said she's happy the public will "have the opportunity to review the contents of the memo and judge for themselves the actions of the FBI related to the FISA Court. This is not about driving a partisan agenda; this is about transparency."

She said she voted against FISA reauthorization because she believe the bill "did not include adequate protections for Americans' civil liberties."

"There are growing threats to our national and homeland security and our law enforcement and intelligence agencies need the resources to combat those threats," said Black. "But the bill as written was far too broad and created too many opportunities for abuse. The memo provides significant evidence that abuse has happened and will continue to happen without proper checks and balances.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in a statement posted online through Twitter, commented that "investigations, whether by law enforcement or Congress, should be about fact finding and uncovering the truth, not about undermining a political adversary."

"It's no secret that I've got serious, long-standing questions about FBI conduct, especially in its handling of politically sensitive investigations over the past two years," Grassley also said. "Did they follow protocol or pull punches in the investigation into [former] Sec. [of State Hillary] Clinton's handling of classified information? Did they properly handle investigations during a presidential election or did they allow politics to influence their decisions?"

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz told Fox News that the part he found particularly "outrageous" was that a "fake dossier" was used, and the validated through a fake story Steele planted with a Yahoo! News reporter ... I think [Intelligence Committee] Chairman Devin Nunes and the members of the Intelligence Committee have done a great service to the country and now rather than have a bunch of partisan bickering, I think we need to come together as Republicans, remedy the situation immediately, support President Trump in his efforts to reform the FBI and pass legislation so that this type of thing never happens again."

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-SC, said in a statement the memo confirms what many in Congress have said for years, that the "surveillance tools currently available to the government are susceptible to abuse and pose a risk to people's constitutional rights."

"The entire basis of the investigation into possible collusion with the Trump campaign and the Russians, along with the corresponding media coverage, was based on false information spread by political and ideological allies to Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama," he said. "Many of these same individuals had leading roles during the Clinton email investigation, which only further verifies the concerns that the FBI's investigation into the Clintons was not conducted in a fair and proper way."

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