House GOP Members: Release "Shocking" Memo On Alleged Obama-Era Surveillance Abuses

House Republicans are demanding that a 4-page memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI and DOJ during the Obama Administration be released. One member says he believes its release would cause key people to "lose their jobs".

"Alarming" ... "Shocking" ... "Troubling" ... "The American people have to see this" ... "Worse than Watergate" ... That's what Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are saying after seeing a four-page memo they say reveals alleged United States government surveillance abuses during the Obama Administration. They are calling for the memo to be released to the public.

Florida Representative Matt Gaetz told FOX News Thursday that if the memo is released, he believes people in the FBI and Department of Justice will lose their jobs, maybe even face jail time.

“I believe the consequence of its release will be major changes in people currently working at the FBI and the Department of Justice,” Gaetz says, referencing DOJ officials Rod Rosenstein and Bruce Ohr. Ohr's wife worked closely with Fusion GPS, currently at the center of an independent investigation into possible interference by the Russian government of the 2016 Presidential Election.

Lawmakers said they could not yet discuss the contents of the memo they saw after it was released by the House Intelligence Committee. They do say the memo should be immediately made public.

“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.”

A source close to the matter said the memo details the Intelligence Committee’s oversight work for the FBI and Justice, including the controversy over unmasking and FISA surveillance.

Democrats have remained mostly silent about the memo. All Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee voted against making it available.

California Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democratic member of the committee who has been talking openly with the media for months about the investigation, and is rumored to be behind numerous leaks to CNN in recent months, would only release a memo downplaying the memo.

In the statement, Schiff called the memo "a profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republican staff attacking the FBI and its handling of the investigation." Schiff adds that the memo is, “rife with factual inaccuracies and referencing highly classified materials that most of Republican Intelligence Committee members were forced to acknowledge they had never read, this is meant only to give Republican House members a distorted view of the FBI.”

Schiff also called the memo a "deep disservice to our law enforcement professionals."

The process for releasing the memo to the public involves a committee vote. If approved, it could be released as long as there are no objections from the White House within five days.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News in December that his investigators have already uncovered evidence of abuse in the U.S. government's surveillance practices. “I believe there's evidence that abuses have occurred," Nunes said at the time.

Nunes pointed to the leaked conversation of former national security adviser, Gen. Mike Flynn with the Russian ambassador.

As word about the memo spread on social media, the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo began trending, and increased in interest into Friday. Thursday evening, Twitter suspended the official account of the House Intelligence Committee.

On Thursday, the Senate voted 65-34 to reauthorize a FISA provision that allows U.S. spy agencies to conduct surveillance on foreign targets abroad for six years. The bill, which already has been passed by the House, now heads to the White House,where President Donald Trump has said he will sign it into law.

There is no word on whether the president will now change his mind and consider vetoing it.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, Alex Pappas, Anne Marie Riha and Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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