By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., said he “fully” supports the release of a controversial memo that raises concerns about a surveillance order that was issued on a former campaign associate of President Donald Trump.
Here is Kelly’s statement:
“I read the memo soon after it was released for Congressional review. I support transparency of all branches of the U.S. government as long as it does not compromise sources and methods used. I fully support the release of the memo. Government surveillance capabilities must only be used in a manner that fully protect American’s civil liberties and any abuse will not be tolerated.
“I also support Speaker Ryan’s comments, ‘… for similar release of the minority’s memo once it is properly scrubbed of all intelligence sources and methods.'” End of Kelly statement.
Surveillance Order Concerns
The memo, which was made public Friday, raises concerns about surveillance activities conducted by the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice.
It came from the office of U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Among the issues raised in the memo was a surveillance order that was approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor Carter Page, who was associated with President Donald Trump’s campaign.
The memo raises questions about how much of a role unverified information funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign played in the issuance of the surveillance order.
In addition, the memo says that people related to the surveillance order were opposed to Trump, raising concerns of political bias and abuse of authority.
Democrats have called the memo “misleading” and said it is an effort to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the presidential election and links to the Trump campaign. Moreover, Democrats say they have their own memo to release but that the Republicans have not allowed it.