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NSA To Sanders: We Can't Tell You If We're Spying On You In Order To Protect You

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Alexander did say that the NSA does not spy on lawmakers.

"Nothing NSA does can fairly be characterized as 'spying on Members of Congress or American elected officials,'" he wrote.

In early January Sanders asked the NSA if it has spied on any members of Congress or other elected officials.