Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., had an opposite reaction:
“It’s clear to me that this laughable hack job of a memo was a whole lot of nothing, hyped up to undermine the Mueller investigation. For weeks we have been talking about this ultimately meaningless memo, rather than the fact that an ever growing number of Trump associates are under indictment. Every member of this administration’s national security team should explain whether or not they agreed with the administration’s decision to greenlight the use of classified information for nakedly partisan ends, which lays bare the hypocrisy around the argument that pervasive secrecy is necessary for national security,” Wyden said.
“However, if my colleagues are serious about their newfound concerns to protect Americans against unnecessary government surveillance, I urge them to rethink their votes last month to expand government spying powers under FISA Section 702. They should bring the USA RIGHTS Act back up for a vote to ensure our government is protecting Americans’ rights as well as their security.”
Sen. Jeff Merkley released the following statement after Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee published the Nunes memo:
“The House Republicans have gone through with their plan to release a highly misleading memo made up of cherry-picked classified information.
“This puts us in extremely dangerous territory. It upends the relationship between the intelligence community and Congress, threatening the ability for different branches of government to work together to protect the American people’s safety.
“But even more alarming, it shows that House Republicans are willing to go to nearly any length to obstruct the Russia investigation and aid and abet President Trump’s attacks on Mueller.
“This is a five-alarm fire for anyone who cares about equal justice and the principle that no one is above the law. The checks and balances envisioned in our constitution only work if Congress is willing to stand up against an unlawful, out-of-control President. Thanks to Devin Nunes and the House Republicans who are putting party above country, we are now teetering on the brink of a constitutional crisis.”
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., released a statement supporting release of the memo.
“When I read this memo two weeks ago I found it very troubling and have supported its release as a matter of government transparency. The memo raises serious concerns about the conduct of officials at the FBI and Department of Justice. I look forward to the House Intelligence Committee’s oversight and prompt attention to the issues raised by the document in order to ensure that the American people can have confidence in these important agencies,” he said.