WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are questioning top Obama administration officials about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs for the first time since the House narrowly rejected a proposal last week to effectively shut down the NSA’s secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records.
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday will include testimony from the No. 2 officials at the Justice Department, FBI and NSA, plus the top lawyer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It will also include testimony from a senior federal judge who previously served on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
The government acknowledged last week that there has been an unspecified number of “compliance problems” in following the rules put in place governing the secret collection of Americans’ phone records.