Senator Ron Wyden says he wants open hearings soon on the massive data dragnets the National Security Agency has used to collect phone records and other information on law-abiding Americans.
Wyden pressed Intelligence Director James Clapper about it in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing this week.
In a phone conference with reporters Thursday, Wyden can be heard pounding on a table while saying he believes the intelligence community has yet to make the case for using these methods.
Wyden says he has not received what he calls a satisfactory answer.
Since he and Clapper went toe to toe this week, Wyden says they’ve exchanged phone calls.
Without getting into the substance of what was said, he stopped short of calling for Clapper’s resignation.