Rep. Stewart and House Intelligence Committee Launch Investigation into Spying Allegations
Washington, D.C. -- As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined his committee colleagues in opening an investigation into the Obama Administration's practice of spying on members of Congress and some friendly foreign leaders.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that the United States collected information on private exchanges between members of Congress and the Israeli Prime Minister during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations.
This comes two years after President Obama announced he would no longer eavesdrop on friendly heads of state. Additionally, the law states that any intercepted communication between a U.S. government official and a foreign target must be destroyed unless the NSA Director grants a waiver. At this time, Congress is aware of no such waiver.
"If the Wall Street Journal report is correct, we've got a real problem,” Stewart said. "The National Security Agency already has a strained relationship with the American people, and breaking our privacy laws only weakens that relationship. Next week, the House Intelligence Committee is expected to meet with members of the Intelligence Community to get some answers to these very serious allegations."