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McCain Calls Out Wyden for Not Allowing Coats to Respond to His Questions

Sen. Wyden and Coats had a heated exchange over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Wednesday.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) got called by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for not allowing Senate Intelligence Committee for not allowing Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats to responded to Wyden’s question during a hearing on Wednesday.

Wyden and Coats had a heated exchange over a report that Coats had previously promised to deliver to the Committee regarding how many American citizens were unmasked under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Coats informed the committee during his remarks that conducting the necessary research to provide such a report would not be feasible for a multitude of reason.

“You told the American people that even a statistical sample would be jeopardizing America’s national security. That is inaccurate, and I think detrimental to the cause of ensuring we have both security and liberty,” Wyden shouted before moving on to another question without allowing Coats to respond to his assertion.

“Can the witness respond?” Sen. McCain asked. Wyden ignored the question and continued badgering Coats.

Another senator can be heard saying, “apparently not,” in response to McCain’s question.