St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) has sent a letter to President Barack Obama demanding answers regarding recent allegations that the National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted and provided to the Executive Branch communications between members of Congress and the Israeli government. The letter can be read here. DeSantis previously signed onto a letter concerning these allegations to the Director of the NSA, Admiral Michael Rogers.
“Congress needs to get to the bottom of these allegations and the Obama Administration must provide answers,”? DeSantis said. “It appears that information gathered from the monitoring and interception of correspondence between the Israeli government and Congress may have been used for political reasons and not because of national security concerns. These allegations raise serious concerns regarding the separation of powers and how the Administration used its intelligence gathering capability.”?
DeSantis is asking for answers to the following questions:
1.What is the White House policy regarding intelligence collection on current members of Congress?
2.Did the White House receive any communications between Israeli officials and members of Congress regarding the nuclear negotiations and agreement with Iran?
3.How was this information used by the Administration in the course of the JCPOA negotiations?
4.Was any of the information collected by the NSA regarding communications between Israeli officials and members of Congress shared with other members of the P5+1?
5.Was any of the information collected by the NSA regarding communications between Israeli officials and members of Congress used by White House officials during the political debate in the United States about the Iran deal?