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House Republicans Release Video Explaining FISA Memo


Added 02-09-18 06:20:03am EST - “House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) on Thursday released a video in which Republican lawmakers chided the FBI and Justice Department for using an unverified dossier to help obtain a warrant to spy on” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “House Republicans Release Video Explaining FISA Memo”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) on Thursday released a video in which Republican lawmakers chided the FBI and Justice Department for using an unverified dossier to help obtain a warrant to spy on former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) appeared along with committee member Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) and others to explain the GOP-written memo released last Friday, which alleges Justice Department abuses in its surveillance of Page.

In the video, the GOP lawmakers argued that Americans should be protected from being surveilled unjustly. They contended that the FBI used a dossier produced by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele—which contains unverified claims about Trump and his relationship with Russia—to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court, but without revealing to the FISA court that Steele was paid over $160,000 by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign.

FISA is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which created a secret surveillance court used in foreign spying probes.

"You have a right to know what happened with this FISA process and whether reforms are warranted," Gowdy said at the start of the video.

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