Congressman Zeldin Calls for Investigations into NSA Spying on Members of Congress’ Conversations with Israeli Leadership
Patchogue, New York - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY 1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus today called on Congress and the Department of Justice to investigate the NSA’s spying on members of Congress’ conversations with top Israeli leadership. The House Intelligence Committee just announced today that it is opening a probe. Additionally, Congressman Zeldin called on the Obama Administration to disclose information related to its role in this questionable activity.
“If the latest reports are true, laws were broken and there must be accountability for all responsible,” said Congressman Zeldin. “First off, Israel is a trusted ally of the United States of America and should be respected as such. The NSA’s spying of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top level Israeli leadership harms our relationship with our greatest friend and ally in the Middle East. Furthermore, and especially concerning, the NSA should not have been recording the conversations between members of Congress and Israeli leadership. It appears that laws may have been broken.”
Congressman Zeldin met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as other top leaders in the Israeli government, during the negotiation and deliberation of the P5+1 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran Nuclear Agreement.
“Israel is a beacon of freedom and democracy in a region of the world that is filled with darkness,” continued Congressman Zeldin. “America’s foreign policy should be one that strengthens our relationships with our allies and treats our enemies as our enemies. These new details about the NSA’s spying does nothing to strengthen our relationship with Israel and other allies around the world. If only the Obama administration would channel a fraction of its bias against Israel towards more responsible policy towards Iran, America would be made more secure today and in the future.”
Congressman Zeldin concluded, “Putting the spying of Israeli leadership aside for a moment, in what interpretation of national security can the President of the United States justify using National Security Agency assets to spy on members of Congress? Is this really for national security or is it for political gain? The Obama administration must disclose the entirety of its role in this questionable activity. The United States Department of Justice should appoint a Special Prosecutor and the United States Congress should investigate the Obama Administration and National Security Agency to pursue full clarity and accountability regarding this deeply troubling activity.”