Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called for a “cleansing” at the FBI Tuesday morning, saying the House Intelligence Committee should release a bombshell report that outlines systemic abuse by the Department of Justice in surveilling American citizens.
The Speaker made his stunning remarks while speaking with reporters ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union address, urging the FBI and the DOJ to “disclose” any information they may have on anti-Trump abuse throughout the agency.
“Let it all out, get it all out there. Cleanse the organization,” said Ryan. “I think we should disclose all this stuff. It’s the best disinfectant. Accountability, transparency — for the sake of the reputation of our institutions.”
Ryan’s comments come just hours after the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the controversial memo to the public -despite objections from the FBI and the Justice Department.
The four-page document reportedly outlines widespread abuse of the FISA -or Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act- by DOJ officials to illegally surveil on American citizens; possibly including those with close ties to President Trump in the run-up to the 2016 general election.