Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) has accused House Intelligence Committee leaders of failing to share a document describing a National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program with other lawmakers in 2011.
The Obama administration has argued that Congress was fully briefed two controversial programs before they were publicized by former contractor Edward Snowden. But many members of Congress who do not sit on the Intelligence panels have complained that they were kept in the dark about the surveillance activities.
In a Facebook post on Sunday night, Amash revealed a Justice Department memo recommending that the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee make a classified document available to “all members of Congress.” The document, which the administration declassified last month, describes the NSA’s controversial program to collect records on virtually all U.S. phone calls.
But according to Amash, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) never provided the document to all House lawmakers.
“Less than two weeks ago, the Obama administration released previously classified documents regarding #NSA’s bulk collection programs and indicated that two of these documents had been made available to all Members of Congress prior to the vote on reauthorization of the Patriot Act,” Amash wrote in the Facebook post.
“I can now confirm that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence did NOT, in fact, make the 2011 document available to Representatives in Congress, meaning that the large class of Representatives elected in 2010 did not receive either of the now declassified documents detailing these programs.”
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