The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on how the National Security Agency (NSA) collected and stored information about U.S. citizens.
A hearing on the issue is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Capitol.
The hearing will be led by Senator Richard Burr, the committee’s ranking Republican.
Burr has called the Senate Intelligence committee a “rubber stamp” for the NSA.
The NSA has acknowledged in previous testimony that it had access to Americans’ data.
The Senate Intelligence panel will examine the surveillance programs authorized by President Donald Trump.
Burr said that the committee would seek answers to five questions:What were the legal and constitutional foundations for the programs authorized under the Patriot Act, FISA, and Executive Order 12333?
How did the NSA acquire the data?
What safeguards were put in place?
Did any of the data sought by the NSA result in any criminal prosecution or other legal action?
What steps have the government taken to protect Americans’ privacy?