House Dem Jayapal grills FBI’s Wray on collecting Americans’ data, warns of ‘difficult’ FISA reauthorization

At a House Judiciary hearing, Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray on the potential for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to collect data from American citizens without their knowledge. Jayapal also warned of a “difficult” reauthorization process for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is set to expire in March 2021 and allows the government to carry out certain surveillance activities without a warrant. The Washington State representative cautioned that a lack of trust in the FBI would make the reauthorization process of FISA “difficult and contentious.” Jayapal asked Wray to provide clarity and evidence that the FBI would not abuse its power before the FISA reauthorization.