U.S. House Representative Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) released statements Friday after the White House’s decision to declassify a memorandum alleging possible abuse of FISA authority within the FBI.
“The information contained within the now de-classified memo released today is very concerning. As a career law enforcement officer, there is nothing I cherish more than the rule of law. Criminal and civil investigations must be conducted in the sole pursuit of justice and without political consideration.
“At the same time, today’s revelations do not in any way make me question the validity of Robert Mueller’s investigation or his leadership. I fully support the investigation into Russian interference in our election and will continue to do so until it is properly concluded upon discovery of the full truth.
“Agents of the FBI and Department of Justice are consummate professionals, and I have no doubt they will continue to serve our nation with honor and distinction.”
Harris, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement:
“This is not about transparency. This is an effort to weaponize classified information for political gain and expediency. In doing so, this White House is continuing its attacks on the American intelligence community.
“The men and women of the intelligence and law enforcement communities are charged with the heavy responsibility of employing sources and methods to gather and protect our nation’s intelligence. This threatens their ability to do that critical work.
“I will continue to support these brave men and women and demand law enforcement – including the Special Counsel – be given independence to do their job and find the truth, free of political interference.”