U.S. Rep. Amash says Intel Committee withheld information before 2011 Patriot Act reauthorization vote
Congressman Justin Amash
Patrick Center August 16, 2013 | WGVU “I don’t remember receiving the document the President says we received.”
It was a classified document from the Intelligence Committee providing a hint of the domestic surveillance program.
“I talked to a lot of my colleagues they don’t remember receiving that document before the Patriot Act reauthorization vote.”
Congressman Amash says a White House Administration white paper released last week indicates the Senate Intelligence Committee shared the document with Senators in 2011 but fails to acknowledge if House members also received a look.
“So there were a lot of clues out there and we finally said we’re going to ask the intelligence committee, ‘Did you share this with us?’ And they told us, ‘No.’ So that’s a huge problem because as many times as they can say look, he had briefings and you can come in and ask questions, those briefings are like a game of 20 questions. You go in there and they’re not volunteering any of their secret programs. You have to guess that there is a secret program and ask exactly the right question. And if you don’t ask it in the right way they’ll just say, ‘No, it doesn’t exist.’ And they’re not going to elaborate and they’re not going to provide you any information to clue you in to what’s going on.”
Amash voted no in 2011 to reauthorize the Patriot Act. Today, he’s demanding the intelligence committee explain why it withheld vital information from House members before a crucial vote.
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