Rep. Peter King is not too happy with his Republican colleague, Sen. Rand Paul, for calling on National Intelligence Director James Clapper to resign over comments he made to Congress last March that suggested the U.S. government does not collect bulk data on Americans’ communications, at least “not wittingly,” according to CNN.
Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican, has suggested Mr. Clapper’s comments did more harm to the nation’s credibility than leaks by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who divulged details about the NSA’s blanket collection of phone records and other U.S. spying programs.
“For Senator Paul to compare that patriot, General Clapper, with someone like Snowden, who is a traitor, who has put American lives at risk — Senator Paul should be ashamed of himself,” Mr. King, New York Republican, said Thursday on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” “It’s an absolute disgrace. He disgraced his office and he owes General Clapper an apology immediately.”
Both Mr. King and Mr. Paul have been rumored to be considering presidential bids in 2016.
Mr. Clapper has walked back the comments he made to the Senate Intelligence Committee in March, although some lawmakers remain unhappy.