Top Democrat says no evidence of NSA spying on lawmakers
WASHINGTON - A key House Democrat says there's no evidence that the intelligence community was spying on members of Congress. That follows a report saying the National Security Agency swept up some conversations with members of Congress in the course of spying on Israel.
Congressman Adam Schiff of California is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Schiff says lawmakers were fully briefed on the issue on Wednesday. The Intelligence Committee chairman, Republican congressman Devin Nunes, asked for the briefing following the report in The Wall Street Journal last week.
The Journal's report said that even after the president announced he would limit spying on friendly heads of state, the NSA kept watch on top Israeli officials, and in the process caught some conversations with U.S. lawmakers.
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