Bloomberg Law
Nov. 6, 2019, 4:26 PM

Lawmakers Question Need to Renew Shelved Surveillance Power (1)

Daniel R. Stoller
Daniel R. Stoller
Senior Legal Editor

A Trump administration push to renew its dormant authority to collect U.S. call detail records is running into bipartisan skepticism on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Justice Department, FBI and National Security Agency officials told the Senate Judiciary Committee Nov. 6 that Congress should reauthorize several surveillance provisions in the USA FREEDOM Act set to expire Dec. 15.

But Republicans and Democrats on the panel questioned whether the NSA’s authority to collect U.S. call detail records—which the administration has said it no longer does—should be renewed.

If shutting down the NSA program was the responsible thing to do, “why is it responsible ...

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