Rep. Kelly Statement on Release of FISA Memo

Feb 2, 2018 Issues: Government Oversight and Reform


Kelly is original co-sponsor of resolution to release the memo

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the newly released memo by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) detailing controversial use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the previous administration. The memo can be read here.

“The content of this memo is extremely disturbing. Americans are right to be alarmed. I believe that every citizen deserves to see this information and I encourage it to be read. In order to draw informed conclusions about this entire troubling situation, and to fully understand its potential ramifications, the American public must have access to all of the facts. An informed citizenry is indispensable to our democratic system. Today’s release is a victory for government transparency and the values that make our country great. I thank Chairman Nunes for his diligence in producing this memo, and commend President Trump for properly declassifying it.”

BACKGROUND: On January 19, 2018, Rep. Kelly joined more than 60 Members of Congress in sending a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) requesting the immediate release of the classified memo. On January 29, 2018, he co-sponsored the introduction of a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 717) calling for the memo's public disclosure.