(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), a member of the House intelligence committee, said Republicans released their memo on FBI surveillance abuses not to attack Special Counsel Bob Mueller or the FBI, but to provide oversight and disclose a troubling situation:
"This is about, should unverified information be able to be used to spy on an American," Hurd told ABC's "This Week."
He also said the only winner is Russia:
"Ultimately I do believe we're letting the Russians win," Hurd said.
"The Russians got involved in our elections to erode trust in our democratic institutions. And when the press is criticizing Congress for shedding light on issues, when Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on stuff just because it was originated by someone in the other party, when there's a perceived friction between the executive branch, the legislative branch and federal law enforcement --w hen people think there shouldn't be oversight -- civilian oversight -- of law enforcement -- these are problems."
Hurd said Republicans learned about problems with the FBI's FISA warrant application on Carter Page because of the broader Russia investigation.
"I want to stress Bob Mueller should be allowed to turn over every rock, pursue every lead so we can have trust knowing what Russians actually did or didn't do,” he said.
Host George Stephanopoulos asked Hurd, "So you don't believe President Trump when he says it (the memo) vindicates him?
"I don't," Hurd replied. "I'm not shocked that elected officials are using hyperbole and exaggerations. But this is about for me what kind of information should be used in a Title III court in order to spy on American citizens. Our civil liberties are important.
"You know, most people -- I was just back in my hometown of San Antonio, I didn't get asked a lot of questions about this, right? Most people are worried how do they pay their rent bill, how do they make sure they have enough money for the kids to go to college.
"But the fact we have to protect our civil liberties, this is one of the things that has made our country great. And so we should be focused on this, and Congress should do its oversight role, even in a crazy, partisan environment.”