FBI Head Defends NSA Spying Programs From House Attacks

Law360, New York (June 13, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT) -- FBI Director Robert Mueller on Thursday insisted that the government operated within the parameters of the law while gathering vast troves of phone and Internet records as part of two recently leaked surveillance programs, a contention staunchly disputed by the House Judiciary Committee's top Democrat.

During a committee hearing on oversight of the FBI, lawmakers — including ranking member John Conyers, D-Mich. — focused most of their time on grilling Mueller over the emergence last week of documents that revealed the existence of intelligence-gathering programs under...
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