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Lindsey Graham has ‘reason to believe’ Obama admin tried to unmask his conversation

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Sen. Lindsey Graham believes he may have been spied on by the Obama administration.

During an appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Friday, the South Carolina senator said that he had “reason to believe that a conversation I had was picked up with some foreign leader or some foreign person and somebody requested that my conversation be unmasked. I’ve been told that by people in the intelligence community.”

“All I can say is there are 1,950 collections on American citizens talking to people that were foreign agents being surveilled either by the CIA, FBI or the NSA,” he said.

Graham said he was concerned that the Obama administration might have listened in to his, and other senators, conversations.

“Was there a politicizing of the intelligence gathering processes?” he asked. “Here is what I want to know of the 1,950 collections on American citizens. How many of them involved presidential candidates, members of Congress from either party and if these conversations were unmasked, who made the request? I want to know everything there is about unmasking, how it works and who requested unmasking of conversations between foreign people and American members of Congress.”

The senator said that he didn’t know if he was unmasked, but that information he had suggested his conversations were “incidentally collected.”

“I’ve sent a letter to the NSA, FBI and the CIA requesting any collection on Lindsey Graham. If you have reason to believe a member of Congress is committing a crime, you go get a warrant to follow us around like you would any other citizen. I meet with foreign leaders all the time. And I would be upset if any executive branch agency listened in on my conversations because I’m in another branch of government.”

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