Republicans have charged the administration with changing the talking points about the Benghazi, Libya, attack last year that led to the death of four U.S. officials, in order to portray it as a spontaneous uprising instead of a calculated terrorist attack. The GOP has also pounced on the administration scandals involving the IRS targeting conservative groups, and the Justice Department spying on reporters.
"We're going to have more vigorous debate than we've ever had before between the kind of information that the National Security Agency, the CIA and others are trying to acquire, versus the desire to prevent New York City, or Washington, D.C., or Redstone Arsenal from being subject to a weapon of mass destruction," Brooks said.
Many conservatives have criticized the program, such as Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulWe can put America first by preventing public health disasters Conservative activists want action from Trump McConnell: 'Big challenge' to pass ObamaCare repeal in Senate MORE (R-Ky.), who has said he is exploring a possible legal challenge to its existence. But others have said the program is legal and part of the work the government was authorized by Congress to do in the wake of 9/11.
Sen. John McCainJohn McCainKasich: 'I think political parties are on their way out' Five fights for Trump’s first year Trump wall faces skepticism on border MORE (R-Ariz.) has said the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court should remain the body that decides which search programs are legal. Earlier on Monday, House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorBrat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes Overnight Energy: Flint lawmaker pushes EPA for new lead rule House staffer, Monsanto vet named to top Interior posts MORE (R-Va.) said Congress should focus on the private contractor who leaked the information about PRISM.