Rep Darrell Issa: James Clapper lied to Congress about NSA and should be fired


Author: Brian Fung
Coverage Type: reporting
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House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street 2157 House Rayburn Building, Washington, DC, United States

A group of congressmen led by Rep Darrell Issa (R-CA) is pushing for President Barack Obama to fire James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, who they say misled Congress about the extent of the National Security Agency's surveillance activity.

The lawmakers called Director Clapper's position "incompatible" with the administration's effort to restore trust in the NSA, according to a letter sent to the White House. The group is mostly Republican, but includes one Democrat, Rep. Alan Grayson (FL). "Director Clapper continues to hold his position despite lying to Congress under oath about the existence of bulk data collection programs in March 2013," the letter reads. "Asking Director Clapper, and other federal intelligence officials who misrepresented programs to Congress and the courts, to report to you on needed reforms ... is not a credible solution."

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