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McConnell suggests new look at NSA's wiretapping program

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opposed the NSA limits.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opposed the NSA limits.

WASHINGTON — The Senate may re-open debate on National Security Agency wiretapping authority following the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the Associated Press on Wednesday, a divisive issue already roiling the GOP presidential field.

The Kentucky Republican said in an interview in his Capitol office that the terror attacks abroad and on U.S. soil have raised questions about Congress' wisdom in limiting the authority earlier this year, something he personally opposed. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida sided with McConnell at the time but Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was on the other side.

"There could be some second thoughts among both Republicans and Democrats in the wake of Paris and San Bernardino about the appropriateness of watering down our national security tools," McConnell said. "It's an area we're going to take a look at. Because look, national security and these threats of terrorism are now right at the top of the list of concerns of the American people."

McConnell suggests new look at NSA's wiretapping program 12/16/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 9:53pm]
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