Barletta Statement on House Intel Committee Memo Detailing FISA Abuses
WASHINGTON - Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) released the following statement after the declassification and release of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's majority memo detailing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses during the 2016 presidential election cycle:
“Congress has a constitutional duty to preserve the integrity of our democracy by ensuring transparency in government and accountability of actions taken by those in our justice system. After reviewing the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s majority memo, I found the contents to be deeply troubling and believe the decision to release it to the public was the right thing to do. No individual or entity in the U.S. government is exempt from oversight.
“After the tragic 9/11 terror attacks, the intelligence community was granted expanded surveillance powers, and for good reason. The institutions tasked with securing the homeland must have the tools they need to prevent such a terrible event from happening on our soil ever again. However, in order to preserve our national security, it is imperative we ensure that politics cannot infect that authority. Congress and the American people must have confidence that the FBI and DOJ will continue to do their jobs and pursue ongoing investigations in a fair and factual manner.
“I swore an oath to protect the Constitution and uphold the laws of this country, and I take seriously my duty to ensure our elected and appointed officials are both transparent and honest with the citizens of the United States. Because I believe in the process of Congressional oversight, I also support the release of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s minority memo. If Congress is to succeed in its job of preventing abuses of power within the executive branch through oversight, it must be done in a bipartisan manner with input from both sides.”