Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick issued a statement Friday following the release of a four-page controversial House Intelligence Committee memo that alleges FBI investigators abused their powers.
The memo, which was created by Republicans, was released after President Donald Trump declassified the document. The release quickly whipped up attention from the media and supporters of the memo and detractors.
The memo alleges the FBI investigators misused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) as part of their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Fitzpatrick released the following statement:
“The American people deserve honesty and transparency from their government at all times. Today’s release of the HPSCI’s majority memo is a step in that direction. I also believe the minority memo, which was made available to Members of Congress, should be similarly vetted and released. As I’ve said: this majority memo raises more questions than answers. As the only former FBI Special Agent serving in Congress, I am an eyewitness the fact that the women and men of the FBI are some of the finest law enforcement professionals in the world. We must not judge an entire institution due to the actions of a few bad actors. The correct solution is to expose those bad actors, identify them by name, make public their bad conduct, and deal with them appropriately. I urge all of my colleagues on both sides to recognize that a critical element to a successful investigation is public confidence in the integrity of that investigation. Let the facts be revealed in a manner that is consistent with our national security interests, and let all viewpoints of those facts be heard. End the politics; stick to the facts and to the truth. Then, let the American people be the judge.”
Fitzpatrick previously called for the release of memo and the Democratic response.