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U.S. Senator Bob Casey, D-Pa., is releasing the statement below following the release of a classified memo by the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee and the Trump administration:

 

“This release indicates that many House Republicans have proven once again that, in the Mueller probe, they are recklessly deferential to President Trump, weak on national security and hostile to law enforcement. For months, House Republicans have conducted a coordinated smear campaign against law enforcement, especially the men and women of the FBI who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe from criminals and terrorists.

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"President Trump’s own Justice Department has called the release of this propaganda memo “extraordinarily reckless” and said that DOJ is “currently unaware of any wrongdoing related to the FISA process…” The FBI, which is led by Trump-nominated Director Christopher Wray, has said “we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

"Russia attacked our nation during the 2016 election, yet many Republican members of Congress are so weak on national security that they would rather obstruct this investigation than protect our nation. When it comes to Russia’s attacks on our democracy, the American people need vigilant watchdogs who are prudent and honest. Republican members of Congress have failed to serve as an independent check and balance on President Trump. Will House Republicans be watchdogs or lapdogs? Their weakness endangers our nation.”

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