Rangel Gives Obama Pass on NSA: ‘If It Was a Different President, I Might Take a Different Look at the Legislation’

by Andrew Johnson

Representative Charlie Rangel (D., N.Y.) over the weekend said that he approves of the National Security Agency’s monitoring of Americans’ phone records, because it is being done under President Obama.

“You have to have some confidence in this president,” Rangel said on MSNBC. “Quite frankly, if it was a different president, I might take a different look at the legislation.”

When asked if he had been briefed on the program, Rangel couldn’t remember whether he had or not. “They do have these briefings. I try not to attend because I don’t want to know a secret that’s going to show up in the New York Times the next morning,” he explained.

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