Controversial FBI memo released; local lawmakers weigh in

Did you get the memo? 

It's out, and the firestorm is raging.

The controversial memo alleging surveillance abuse by the FBI in the Russia investigation was released Friday.  

President Trump approved its declassification and release.

The GOP majority on the House Intelligence Committee and Congressman Devin Nunes wrote the memo.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the memo raises "serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Justice Department and FBI."

In other words, the administration is suggesting that this shows the Russia probe was politically-motivated and flawed from the start.

Local congressmen weighed in with their thoughts on the memo's release.

Former FBI director James Comey calls the memo "dishonest and misleading."

He says it's not worth the damage it's done to public trust in U-S intelligence agencies.

Congressmen from our area had mixed reactions on the release of the memo.

Bucks County Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent, supported the release.

He said in a statement: "The American people deserve honesty and transparency from their government at all times. Today's release of the memo is a step in that direction."

Another Republican Congressman, the Lehigh Valley's Charlie Dent, calls the release of the memo a "mistake."

He said in a statement: "No members of Congress  — nor their staff — should risk divulging sensitive sources or methods of Intelligence for partisan gain. This sets a dangerous precedent that may have far reaching implications."

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