Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,”Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), a potential 2016 presidential candidate, criticized Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) for their stance against the NSA mass collection of Americans phone records.
Christie said, “I’ m trying to tell them the truth as opposed to what Senator Lee is doing and Senator Paul, which they’re grandstanding for political purposes. None of them have ever done this. None of them know what they are talking about in this regard. I’ve done it. We can do this in a way that makes civil liberties safe and secure. If Congress is really worried about this why don’t they use their vigorous oversight capability to make sure that if somebody in the intelligence is overstepping the line we can ring them back in if we need to prosecute folks. They want to make the country more vulnerable. He can call me whatever he wants to call me I’m the guy who understands this stuff and done it. He’s the guy who sits up on Capitol Hill and theorizes.”
He added, “I understand how these things work. I understand what you have to do to put probable cause forward I’ve done these things. They’re making up fiction trying to scare people. I’m the person telling people the truth. They’re the folks who are scaring people for political gain.”
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