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Reps. Tom Rooney, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen vote to release controversial memo

Rooney is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, center, Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., right, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, after House Intelligence Committee meeting where Donald Trump Jr., was interviewed, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Associated Press)
House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, center, Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., right, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, after House Intelligence Committee meeting where Donald Trump Jr., was interviewed, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Associated Press)
Published Jan. 30, 2018
Updated Jan. 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, including Florida's Tom Rooney and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, voted late this afternoon to release a controversial memo about the FBI and Justice Department dealings in the Russia probe.

"After a thorough review of the memo to ensure it does not reveal sensitive sources and methods of the Intelligence Community, I voted tonight in support of releasing the memo to the American people," Rooney, of Okeechobee, said in a statement.

"The Rules of the House lay out the process the Committee must use in order to make material like the FISA memo available to the public. Unless the president objects, I expect that this memo will be made available to the public as soon as possible after the five-day waiting period required under the House Rules."

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the other Florida Republican on the committee, said:

"I voted to release the memo so that the American people can read it and judge its contents for themselves. Under the rules of the House, it will become available after a five day period unless there is an objection from the executive branch. Barring some unforeseen circumstance, it is the intention of the Intel Committee to follow the same procedure that was used in the Majority's memo. After making the Minority's memo available to all House Members to read in our secure area, we will hold a vote to release the Minority's memo to the public."