Lawmakers press Lynch for briefing on Yahoo secret email scanning reports

Lawmakers press Lynch for briefing on Yahoo secret email scanning reports
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A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling for a briefing by Attorney General Loretta Lynch on reports that Yahoo searched all of its users emails at the behest of the U.S. government.
Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash warns of turning lawmakers like Cheney into 'heroes' Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Biden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' MORE (R-Mich.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Friday penned a letter to Lynch and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, calling for clarity after reports that Yahoo complied with a U.S. intelligence request to scan all of its users’ emails in search of specific information.
“As legislators, it is our responsibility to have accurate information about the intelligence activities conducted by the federal government,” they wrote. 
“Accordingly, we request information and a briefing as soon as possible for all members of Congress to resolve the issues raised by these reports.”
Lawmakers have been hesitant to directly criticize Yahoo or intel officials over the reports. Earlier this month, Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care: White House acknowledges it will fall short of July 4 vaccine goal | Fauci warns of 'localized surges' in areas with low vaccination rates | Senate Finance leader releases principles for lowering prescription drug prices Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Flaming shipwreck wreaks havoc on annual sea turtle migration Senate Finance chair releases principles for lowering prescription drug prices MORE (D-Ore.) issued a statement saying that if the National Security Agency had surveilled citizens in the manner described by reports, then “the executive branch has an obligation to notify the public.”
"The government appears to have compelled Yahoo to conduct precisely the type of general, suspicionless search that the Fourth Amendment was intended to prohibit,” Toomey wrote.
“It is deeply disappointing that Yahoo declined to challenge this sweeping surveillance order, because customers are counting on technology companies to stand up to novel spying demands in court.”