Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement on the declassification and release of the memo from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI):

“I am pleased that the American people finally have the opportunity to read the information contained in the HPSCI memo which details abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  I firmly believe the vast majority of FBI employees are dedicated and professional public servants.  However, the contents of the memo continue to raise serious questions about decisions made by Justice Department and FBI leadership during the 2016 presidential election and afterwards, and the role senior FBI officials played in these questionable decisions and irregularities.

“This memo confirms the importance of the joint investigation Chairman Gowdy and I launched last fall.  We must continue to conduct vigorous Congressional oversight, to root out misconduct, ensure reforms are made, and people are held accountable. This is the only way to rebuild the trust between the American people and our government.

“Nothing contained in the Intelligence Committee’s memo changes my belief that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election should proceed.”

Background: In October 2017, Chairman Goodlatte and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) announced a joint investigation into decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016.