McCarthy Demands Investigation Into Biden Admin’s Alleged Spying On Tucker Carlson
House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is calling for an investigation into the explosive revelation of Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the administration of President Joe Biden is spying on him.
The top GOP lawmaker in the House said on Wednesday that he has noticed a “disturbing trend” unfolding at the National Security Agency (NSA) under the Biden administration.
For the past several months, I've seen a disturbing trend at the National Security Agency. The NSA cannot be used as a political instrument.
I’ve asked Rep. Devin Nunes to investigate and find answers on behalf of the American people.
My full statement: https://t.co/xPjG9i9u7A
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 30, 2021
“Earlier this year, I sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Austin expressing concern over the politicization of the Agency through the sidelining of Michael Ellis as NSA General Counsel,” McCarthy said. “I asked that Mr. Ellis be reinstated and expressed my concern regarding undue political influence in NSA placing Mr. Ellis on administrative leave.”
“Separately, it has recently come to my attention that NSA has refused to deliver information requested by the Republican Members on the House Intelligence Committee who are trying to fulfill their oversight responsibilities,” he continued.
“Now, there is a public report that NSA read the emails of Fox News host Tucker Carlson.”
McCarthy noted that although NSA already shut down the allegation of Carlson, it is still something worth looking into.
“Although NSA publicly denied targeting Carlson, I have serious questions regarding this matter that must be answered,” the California lawmaker said.
“Given this disturbing trend, I’ve asked HPSCI Ranking Member Devin Nunes to investigate and find answers on behalf of the American people. The NSA cannot be used as a political instrument, and House Republicans will ensure accountability and transparency,” he concluded.
Carlson accuses NSA of spying
Carlson blasted the Democrat administration earlier this week for spying on him by monitoring his texts and emails through the NSA in a bid to shut down his show — which often airs hard-hitting criticism of the Biden government.
“Yesterday we heard from a whistleblower within the U.S. government who reached out to warn us that the NSA, the National Security Agency, is monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air,” Carlson said on Monday.
“The whistleblower, who is in a position to know, repeated back to us information about a story that we are working on that could have only come directly from my texts and emails. There’s no other possible source for that information, period. … The NSA captured that information without our knowledge, and did it for political reasons. The Biden administration is spying on us,” he added.
NSA refutes Tucker’s allegation
The NSA then released a carefully-worded statement refuting Carlson.
“On June 28, 2021, Tucker Carlson alleged that the National Security Agency has been monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air. This allegation is untrue. Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to try to take his program off the air,” the agency said without directly addressing Carlson’s allegation of spying.
“NSA has a foreign intelligence mission. We target foreign powers to generate insights on foreign activities that could harm the United States. With limited exceptions (e.g. an emergency), NSA may not target a US citizen without a court order that explicitly authorizes the targeting,” it added.
Later on in his show, Carlson responded to NSA’s rebuttal saying that it was “an entire paragraph of lies written purely for the benefit of the intel community’s lackeys at CNN and MSNBC.”
Tucker addresses Psaki's refusal to deny his claim the NSA is spying on him in order to "intimidate" his show and discusses his "very heated" phone call earlier today with top NSA officials in which they refused to say whether or not they read his personal communications: pic.twitter.com/BMiFzbg92t
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 30, 2021
He said NSA did contacted him but the agency “refused to answer questions” and also refused to answer why they couldn’t answer his questions related to spying.
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