By Blake Neff - 12/20/13 08:44 AM EST
The controversy surrounding the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs is “a totally phony issue,” according to Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.).
King made the comment to CNN while criticizing Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulOvernight Energy: Trump outlines 'America First' energy plan in North Dakota Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules Paul blocks chemical safety bill in Senate MORE's (R-Ky.) comparison of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
“He disgraced his office and he owes Gen. Clapper an apology immediately,” King said.
He then commented on the report released this week recommending a number of reforms to the NSA, arguing such changes were not necessary.
“There is no NSA scandal,” said King. “This is a totally phony issue.”
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