Wednesday, June 7, 2017

FISA hearing gives Republicans a chance to unravel intelligence failures

At WExaminer | Todd Shepard 

Senate Republicans on Wednesday will get a chance to go on offense on the issue of U.S. spying and surveillance, one day before Democrats are expected to press former FBI Director James Comey on what he knows about President Trump's possible ties to Russia.

The two parties have been pursuing these two different tracks since the beginning of Trump's administration, when Democrats pointed to press leaks as evidence that Trump and Russia colluded to defeat Hillary Clinton in last year's election. Trump's camp immediately focused on the leaks as a sign of possible illegal activity from Obama administration holdovers.

Today's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, will let Republicans explore their many complaints about how surveillance is conducted, how the information being gathered is dispersed, and the extent to which Trump might have been wronged. 

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