Russia probe report spurs calls for FBI surveillance changes

Russia probe report spurs calls for FBI surveillance changes
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, left, speaks with Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., second from right, and Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., right, after testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Inspector General's report on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Source: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik/AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers in both parties say they want changes in the government’s surveillance powers after abuses were disclosed in a watchdog’s report on the FBI’s Russia investigation.

Calls for change are even coming from Republicans who in the past have voted to renew or expand national security surveillance powers.

At issue is the 1978 law that authorizes the FBI to get warrants to monitor the communications of people suspected of being agents of foreign power.

This week’s report by the Justice Department’s inspector general report identified major errors in FBI applications for court approval to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

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