A pro-family organization that routinely rallies around cultural issues is alerting supporters about a memo that reads like a spy movie.
The so-called FISA Court Memo summarizes the GOP-led investigation into the FBI's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have read the four-page memo have called it "jaw dropping" because it descibes how the Obama administration used a court system set up for foreign espionage to instead spy on then-candidate Donald Trump and his campaign officials.
"Part of me wishes that I didn't read it," Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has told the media, "because I don't want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much."
On the heels of such observations, the American Family Association emailed a Jan. 19 "Action Alert" to its one million-plus supporters urging them to contact lawmakers and President Trump, and ask them to make the document public.
"Americans deserve to know," the Action Alert states, "to what extent U.S. agencies and elected officials have abused their power, and illegally and unjustly conducted surveillance on its own citizens."
The memo also contains sensitive national security topics but President Trump has reportedly said he supports declassifying the memo.
Congress can also take action to do so without White House approval.
The push to make the memo public kicked off a "Release the Memo" campaign that some Democratic leaders now claim is a Russian-led effort pushed by "Russian Bots" on social media.
The hash tag "#ReleaseTheMemo" has been trending on Twitter for several days and many Twitter users have mocked Democratic leaders such as Rep. Adam Schiff for claiming they are Russians.
Other Democrats, meanwhile, claim the memo's content is being hyped by Republicans to hurt the Robert Mueller investigation.
The ongoing revelations can be compared to the Watergate scandal and could be even worse, says Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government, because it seems obvious that government officials within the Justice Department were colluding to sway a U.S. presidential election.
"For them to apply their surveillance powers in our domestic politial election is beyond the pale," he tells OneNewsNow, "and in fact is a threat to the entire U.S. democratic system that we know."
It's obvious by now that the federal government spied on a presidential candidate and his campaign staff, says AFA spokesman Walker Wildmon, and it appears that was done illegally in order to get "opposition research" for political reasons.
"So this is a government accountability issue," he says, "and that's why the American Family Association is involved."
Editor's note: American Family Association is the parent organization of American Family News and news website OneNewsNow.
Comments from Rick Manning have been added.
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