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The hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, created after outraged Republican lawmakers exposed the existence of a top secret memo detailing serious surveillance abuse by top officials in the Obama administration, has paid off.

Republican lawmakers who have read the memo said it is something all Americans need to see, saying this is “bigger than Watergate” and even worse than a government shutdown. Specifically, the memo reportedly details FISA abuse committed by some of the top officials in Obama’s Justice Department and FBI.

Saturday afternoon, Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) announced on Twitter that the process has now begun to release the memo to the American public. He tweeted, “Great news! Our efforts to #ReleaseTheMemo have been effective and the HPSIC plans to begin the process to release the FBI/FISA/Russia memo. This may take up to 19+ Congressional work days but Americans deserve to know the truth.”

Friday evening, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) announced that he had led a group of 65 lawmakers who had all submitted a letter to Intel Chairman Devin Nunes, demanding the release of the FISA abuse memo.

Gaetz told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Friday night, “I believe that once the American people have the opportunity to evaluate the allegations and claims in this memo, it will become evident, the activities of the last administration, the crimes that I believe were committed, and the total sham that this Mueller investigation is, built on a false premise and rotten to the core.”



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