FBI Faces GOP Heat Over Warrantless US Data Searches

By Allison Grande (May 25, 2022, 9:36 PM EDT) — A pair of top House Republicans are pressing the FBI to elaborate on the “dramatic” uptick in its warrantless searches of Americans’ electronic data in 2021, saying that Congress needs this information to help decide whether to renew a key foreign surveillance tool.

In a letter sent Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Reps. Jim Jordan and Michael Turner, both Ohio Republicans who serve as ranking members on two influential House committees, raised concerns over a transparency report released by the head of the intelligence community last month that revealed that the agency had run nearly 3.4 million searches using U.S….

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