Collins Statement on Democrats' FISA Proposal
WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after House Democrats introduced their FISA reform legislation. This bill is set for markup on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
“Democrats are completely ignoring the serious abuse committed against President Trump’s campaign in 2016, regardless of the fact that Inspector General Horowitz’s report confirmed that our intelligence community committed an unforgivable offense when the FBI abused its power to unlawfully spy on Carter Page. There must be accountability for those who committed these offenses and Mr. Nadler’s bill fails to impose any penalty on wrongdoers.
“In order to restore the American people’s faith in our premier law enforcement agency, we must reform FISA to ensure our intelligence community and FBI are deterred from ever wielding their significant power to spy on American citizens. Any FISA reform bill that moves forward must protect American citizens—including future presidents and presidential campaigns—from unlawful spying. Democrats’ bill fails to accomplish this goal, and in fact, makes it more difficult to conduct legitimate surveillance against terrorist targets. The American people deserve better."