A week and a half ago, Tucker Carlson told viewers that he was being spied by the NSA. The claim didn’t really go anywhere. Jen Psaki explained that the NSA wouldn’t look into the Fox host unless he was communicating with foreign adversaries. And Fox News has barely covered their own host claims, reportedly making Carlson furious.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the controversial pundit doesn’t have friends in high places. In a recent letter to the NSA head Paul Nakasone, Rand Paul demanded proof that Carlson isn’t being investigated.
The Kentucky senator wrote, “I am open-minded enough to believe, if given convincing evidence, that the NSA may be telling the truth. But when a long train of abuses conducted by the NSA evinces a consistent design to evade the law and violate the constitutionally protected liberties of the people, the NSA must do more than tweet a carefully worded denial to be trusted.”
The missive continued:
“As the head of the NSA, you can help restore credibility to your agency by being completely honest with the American people an explaining in detail whether the NSA conducted surveillance on Tucker Carlson in his role as a journalist, whether you or anyone else within the federal government approved his alleged unmasking, and whether [his] private emails were shared with any other reporters or news organizations. Only an investigation into the alleged surveillance and leak will determine the truth of the matter.”
You can read the letter in its entirety here
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.