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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson Statement on the Nunes Memo

February 1, 2018
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement regarding the memorandum authored by the majority on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). Larson has reviewed the memo and has also reviewed a response memo authored by the minority on the HPSCI that counters the misleading claims which was not voted to be released.

“I am increasingly concerned about the undermining of our intelligence community and law enforcement agencies by the majority party. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was not allowed to testify to the HPSCI and the minority was not allowed to release their own counter memo. Recently, the FBI and DOJ have further warned of the memo’s inaccuracies and have asked that the claims in the memo be addressed directly to the intelligence community rather than being made public.

“In a letter to Chairman Nunes, the Assistant Attorney General, Stephen E. Boyd of President Trump’s own Department of Justice warned of the implications and damaging consequences of releasing his memo, writing, ‘Given HPSCI’s important role in overseeing the nation’s intelligence community, you well understand the damaging impact that the release of classified material could have on our national security and our ability to share and receive sensitive information from friendly foreign governments.’ I urge the President to heed the calls of his intelligence community and not give credit to a memo that seeks to further a partisan agenda rather than get to the truth,” said Larson.