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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement regarding reports that an American journalist’s private communications were read by the NSA.

“Last week, I asked Devin Nunes, the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to investigate several serious questions regarding the National Security Agency that have so far gone unanswered. In addition to congressional oversight being stonewalled, there was a public report that the NSA read the private communications of Tucker Carlson, a Fox News host. Today’s additional reporting on this issue raises serious questions about the NSA’s practices as it relates to American citizens. 

“Ranking Member Nunes will initiate a thorough and aggressive investigation on behalf of the American people. Our liberties are preserved by the Constitution, the document creating the freest country in the world.  Congressional Republicans will make sure our privacy and civil liberties are not sacrificed in the name of national security.”