Tea Party Group Asks Lindsey Graham For His Email Password

The leader of the tea party group FreedomWorks asked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for the password to his email account, apparently mocking him for saying Americans shouldn’t fear government snooping into their phone records if they have nothing to hide.

“Senator Lindsay Graham recently asserted that violating the Fourth Amendment to implement warrantless government surveillance is not only acceptable, it’s welcomed. If we’re not talking to terrorists, we have nothing to worry about,” said FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said at a news conference Thursday, according to a transcript from the group.

“Respectfully, Senator, we ask you to lead by example and make your email account password available to the American people. If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about. Right?”

The group launched the website LindseysPassword.com, which contains a petition calling on Graham to reveal his password.

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