More than 130 congressional members have viewed the classified four-page memo detailing what senior government officials describe as “disturbing and explosive” surveillance abuse by employees of the FBI and Department of Justice under the Obama administration against President Trump and members of his campaign.

But almost all of them were Republicans.

Since the document was released Thursday to House members “only Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have seen it,” a congressional source with knowledge of the memo said.

The classified memo was described by senior government officials as a detailed account of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the FBI and apparent FISA abuse associated with the controversial dossier that alleged President Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. As recently reported, some congressional members who reviewed the memo said the revelations may end in the removal or criminal prosecution of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice.

Congressional officials expect the classified memo to be made available to the public before the end of the month. In order to make the classified memo public, the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by California Republican Devin Nunes, must first have another vote, a congressional source stated.

The vote is expected to happen and then the classified memo will be given to “POTUS for five days” so he can review it, the source stated. If POTUS objects to releasing the memo it will then go to the full House for a vote, they added.

President Trump is expected to approve the release of the memo.

Members who viewed the document say it is especially significant since the DOJ’s Inspector General Michale E. Horowitz will be issuing a report into how the FBI and DOJ handled the investigation into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her use of an unsecured private server to send classified information.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-FL, who viewed the memo Thursday said they are demanding it be made public but could not discuss the details of the memo due to its classified nature.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D- CA, said in a statement the memo is “profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republican staff attacking the FBI and its handling of the investigation,” he said in a statement to CNN.

The classified memo, however, is expected to expose severe abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows the intelligence community to gather communications on foreign subjects. Americans, however, are swept up in the collection of telephone, email and various other communications. The secret court chided the Obama administration in declassified documents when it discovered that  one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011. The Obama administration self disclosed these violations just days before the 2016 presidential election.

The failure of the Obama administration to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an “institutional lack of candor” and that the improper searches constituted a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue,” according to the court documents that were unsealed April 26, 2017.

The Senate voted 65-34 on Thursday to reauthorize a FISA provision for another six years, allowing the U.S. intelligence community to conduct surveillance on foreign targets.

Correction: Due to an editorial error Rep. Adam Schiff , D-CA, was mislabeled. He is a California Democrat.



  1. When everything is fully exposed, millions are going to discover that their government was the active enemy of the people.

    Keep going, Sara! We all need the truth. You’re doing a grand job providing it to us.

  2. “Members who viewed the document say it is especially significant since the DOJ’s Inspector General Michale E. Horowitz will be issuing a report into how the FBI and DOJ handled the investigation into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her use of an unsecured private server to send classified information.” Interesting tidbit.

  3. The democrats do not want people ask to them what they think after they read it. CYA is in full play here.

  4. I admire your work, you are a woman with great integrity and I appreciate your honesty and commitment.

  5. Sara, do you know who the primary author(s) were of the House Intelligence Committee’s FISA memo? Or who it was signed by? I’m sure Schiff didn’t sign off on it (you have a typo, you list him as R in your article and of course you know he’s a D lol).

  6. These Democrats really don’t care about liberty, do they? It is all about trite power. They are no more patriotic than the mafia.

  7. OK,, So who prepared this memo? That seems to be an omitted and serious point of this journalistic effort.

  8. Sure would like to have seen it put out yesterday, but w/ budget shutdown going on maybe best to wait a little longer. Still, the modus operandi of Democrats & Obama administration is to use the Gov’t powers against political opponents & anyone not agreeing w/ them (e.g. IRS & Attkisson). BTW, great reporting!

  9. If we can believe that our military families are not getting paid because the Democrats in Congress are trying to “black mail” the setting President in order to supply a large group of illegal immigrants with citizenship (i.e., DACA). Add to this, that the Democrats unwillingness to release documents showing what can be described as massive levels of corruption, by their party. Points at a constitutional Crisis that must be solved using *extraordinary measures.

    I believe Nunes, should release all of the documents, to show the level of corruption, to all of the American people, for starters.

  10. Sadly I agree. Thank God Trump is now in office or we would have never known any of what they have done. I hope they lock them all up!

  11. The government shut down is the only way the Democrats had to keep this story off the front page. They know that this will damage them beyond repair and they are willing to hurt anyone and everyone to keep their power. It’s time to keep up the pressure and let the light shine in. Truth needs the power of light to reveal the darkness of lies. Democrats and Rinos, you are done. Keep up the great work Sara!

  12. **THANKS FOR YOUR GREAT WORK SARA!** I’ve been watching and viewing most sources for the MEMO contents from the beginning. I watched the Congressional hearings, specifically Jim Jordan-OH when he grilled Rosenstein on his theory. Jim Jordan laid out the foundation of his theory. And hopefully, it will be proven once the MEMO is released and the American people know the truth! Here is the video clip of Jim Jordan’s theory (Dec 13, 2017). Now, a month later confirmed on Hannity 1/18/2018 FOX show by Jordan and Matt Gaetz after viewing the MEMO. Jim Jordan on Rosenstein; I watched Hannity interview Seb Gorka who gave viewers a snippet of inference about the contents of the MEMO; ‘This is the tip of the iceberg, it goes HIGHER’. This to me says it went all the way to the White House! Remember they all had private emails to coordinate this conspiracy! Obama, Jarrett, Clinton, Jarrett, Clapper, Brennan, Lynch, Comey, Ohr, McCain, Rosenstein and trickle down subordinates! We also pull in Eric Schmidt of Google to set-up the ‘special’ private email system among them! Perkins, Coie on follow-the-money transfers, Fusion GPS, Steele, Blumenthal…. Gone from office for a year; many of them still receive Presidential briefings and still have their TS Clearances!

  13. 100% agree! Imagine where we’d be if Hillary had won? She would have been the final nail in the USA’s coffin, finishing the job Obama started. TPP & Paris Accord would have converted USA into a global ATM.
    I hope one day it will all be exposed including who the rich global powers were that paid to put Obama in office. I’m convinced that his re-election was rigged. Maybe Sara can expose THAT scandal once she is finished with the current Obamagate, Hillary Emails and Uranium One scandals.

    *** GREAT WORK SARA! Stay safe out there amongst the Swamp creatures

  14. Sara –
    I thank God for your top notch investigative reporting & your integrity. I always look forward to hearing you on Fox.
    Sadly, REAL Reporters seem to almost be extinct. I pray for your safety… vile people are being exposed thanks to your hard work.
    They’ll stop at nothing to remain hidden.

    Godspeed Sara!

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  16. Watch your back, Sara! When they go after your twitter account it means you’re next. Don’t let them take you out without taking one or two of them down with you. Conceal carry at all times!

  17. When I know your on a news outlet, I’m always sure to watch it as it is the most indepth information we receive. Thank you and be safe! Dilly, Dilly!

  18. Republicans are just trying to find a way to justify firing FBI and Justice officials, all so they can get to Bob Mueller. The memo is a total hack job by a total hackjob congressman.

  19. This statement reads strangely: “Since the document was released Thursday to House members “only Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have seen it,” a congressional source with knowledge of the memo said.” It sounds like “only Democrats” – meaning no Republicans have seen it. On the 3rd or 4th reading, I have concluded that it means to say that “the only Democrats to see it are those on the House Intelligence Committee”. If my reading is correct, I would recommend embellishing the quotation to make that more clear. BTW – a great article overall.

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  21. This is a very confusing subject. I have been trying to get a good grasp on it but so many names and so many dates makes it hard to grasp it’s entirety. I have been looking for a time line on all the events that lead up to the memo. I found the Washington Post time line but I don’t trust them and a CNN time line. I would love to see something from Sarah or Hannity. Maybe a flow Chart or something easy to understand and share.

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