- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 6, 2017

Rep. Tom Garrett, a Virginia Republican, said someone “probably needs to go to prison” over the unmasking of Americans who were picked up in intelligence intercepts.

Mr. Garrett said the individuals involved could have committed various felonies, citing, among other things, the possible targeting of the surveillance of Americans and leaking the information to the news media.

“Somebody probably needs to go to prison,” Mr. Garrett said on the John Fredericks Radio Show. “If you are listening to this show, contemplate for a moment that you are a private U.S. citizen with constitutional rights to privacy, a right not to be surveilled by the state, but that those rules are thrown out the window should you chose to engage in political activity that is not consistent with the dogmatic rhetoric of the left.”

President Trump this week accused Susan E. Rice, a national security adviser under former President Barack Obama, of breaking the law by using intelligence agencies to spy on Trump campaign officials.

Ms. Rice was authorized to request the “unmasking” of citizens swept up in the U.S. surveillance of foreigners, as long as it involved issues of national security or criminality.

She has denied any wrongdoing.

Mr. Garrett said it is “scary” to consider that information gathering in the intelligence community could have been weaponized for political reasons and used to bring down the Trump administration.

“It would appear that the unmaskings wasn’t the exception, but the rule, which begs the question: Why? I think the answer is politics,” Mr. Garrett said

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