Rooney Statement on Public Release of HPSCI Memo
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17), a senior member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), released the following statement in response to the declassification and release of the HPSCI memorandum to the American people:
“As part of this Committee’s responsibility to conduct oversight over the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), we must ensure that individuals in the IC are not using political work product as a means to obtain warrants to conduct surveillance on American citizens,” Rooney said.
“We feel that the so-called dossier was just that – a political document – and the American people need to know that. The intent of this memo is to shed light on past abuses in order to effectively prevent future abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and similar laws governing the activities of the IC. It is not, in any way, intended to influence or undermine FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.”
The letter from the White House determining that the release of the memo would be in the public interest and the full text of the memo is included below: