Sen. Lee: Patriot Act Has Never Been Found To Be Unlawful Because Most Of It Has Never Been Challenged In Court


Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) reacts to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), his party's leader in the Senate, saying the Patriot Act has never been found to be unconstitutional

SEN. MIKE LEE: The government right now is collecting information on your cell phone, anyone you've called, anyone who has called you over the last five years. how long you've talked. And what time you talked. This is inaligous in some ways to the use of general warrants that our founding fathers fought strongly against.

SEN. McCONNELL: Nothing in this extension has ever, ever been found to be unconstitutional. And most of these authorities have never even been challenged in court.

LEE: His legal statement, that part of that statement that goes to the legal issues, he's correct as far as that statement goes. But listen to what he's saying. None have ever been found to be unlawful and most of them have never been challenged. Until quite recently, the American people weren't aware of this program. So it's not exactly something that could be challenged right away anyway.

But secondly, regardless of whether any of these have ever been found to be unlawful, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's fully consistent with the text and the historical understanding of the constitution.

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