According to the Daily Caller, a group of House Republicans penned a letter to the NSA demanding information about its alleged spying on Tucker Carlson, which was reportedly connected to his efforts to secure an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The letter, which was obtained by the Daily Caller, asks for “all information” that would help corroborate or debunk Carlson’s bombshell claims, which the Republicans see as potentially credible given the FBI’s recent illegal spying on former President Donald Trump.
The letter also indicated that the NSA’s statement denying that Carlson had ever been a target of the NSA was not sufficient because the agency did not expressly deny spying on the Fox News host or leaking information that the agency obtained, which could have been from a different target.
The GOP lawmakers behind the letter to the NSA were specific in their requests for certain pieces of information in order to examine exactly what, if anything, happened, and why.
Included in their list of demands were “A detailed description of the ‘limited exceptions’ that would permit the NSA to target a US citizen without a court order,” and “A detailed description of what constitutes an ’emergency’ that would permit the NSA to target a US citizen without a court order.”
The Republicans also demanded that the secretive agency provide a “full explanation of when the Agency understands it is lawful to monitor, surveil, collect, unmask, or receive data on a US citizen without a court order explicitly authorizing such targeting.”
Carlson confirmed NSA spying
Carlson alleged in late June that the NSA had spied on him and had leaked information to the media from his private emails. He said that he spoke to a journalist who knew about the private information, which was only contained in the emails and known by Carlson and one other person.
As the Daily Caller previously reported, Carlson also said that he was able to confirm the spying action and leaked info thanks to a whistleblower inside the U.S. government, who allegedly told him that the NSA did, in fact, spy on him, adding that the government agency leaked the information in order to take Carlson off of the air.
Republicans demand answers
“After the disturbing treatment of Donald Trump by the Deep State, it should come as no surprise that intelligence agencies are continuing their illegal surveillance of Americans who dare to challenge power-hungry elites in Washington, D.C.,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who spearheaded the letter along with Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), said in a statement to the Daily Caller.
“Reports about the NSA spying on Tucker Carlson are reminiscent of something one would expect to see in a tyrannical dictatorship, not the United States of America where citizens supposedly still have Constitutional rights. The Agency’s attempt to explain itself thus far has only raised more questions that Mr. Carlson and every citizen of this country deserve to have answered.”
Posey added: “Spying, unmasking, and leaking the private communications of American citizens weaponizes our intelligence agencies, and this abuse of power must stop. Protecting national security is not only about deterring enemy threats, but it also involves safeguarding our liberties.”