An explosive four-page memo, which was released to Congress after a party-line vote, alleges extensive surveillance abuses by the United States government under the Obama administration, leading one lawmaker to characterize the memo as the beginning of “Obamagate.”
Multiple members of Congress are now demanding that the House Intelligence Committee release the memo to the American people.
Democrats unanimously opposed the memo’s release to the House — clearly, its contents are not in their favor.
“Shocking, Troubling and Alarming”
On Thursday morning, the House Intelligence Committee voted on a motion submitted by Peter King (R-N.Y.) to release the four-page memo to all the members of Congress. The vote passed but remained strictly on party-lines; Democrats voted against the motion to allow all members of Congress to read the memo.
The reactions by the Republicans in Congress upon reading the memo have been almost unanimous. Many of them are asking for the memo to be released to the American people.
Several lawmakers have described the actions detailed in the memo as “shocking,” “troubling,” and “alarming.” Fox News reported:
“It is so alarming the American people have to see this,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said.
“It’s troubling. It is shocking,” North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said. “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.”
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said he believed people could lose their jobs after the memo is released.
“I believe the consequence of its release will be major changes in people currently working at the FBI and the Department of Justice,” he said, referencing DOJ officials Rod Rosenstein and Bruce Ohr.
“You think about, ‘is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is,” Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry said.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) says the memo confirms this scandal is even worse than Watergate. He tweeted:
I have read the memo. The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen. I have long said it is worse than Watergate. It was #neverTrump & #alwaysHillary. #releasethememo.
One can only wonder what could be contained in a four-page memo that can cause so much angst among elected officials.
“Preserve our Democracy”
The call for the release of the memo is gaining momentum and has even obtained its own hashtag, #releasethememo. Some members of Congress have urged that the release of the memo is necessary to maintain our democratic freedoms.