Revelations of widespread spying on Americans by the U.S. government is bringing denouncement from some members of Congress and support from others.
Differences on whether the program is legal or constitutional cross party lines. Even those controlled by the tea party can’t agree on whether or not the program is justified.
Amash says the libertarian streak that exists in the GOP is surfacing, calling it a “natural evolution within the Republican Party.”
Paul, a tea party favorite who is threatening to run for President in 2016, has filed a lawsuit against the NSA program.
Sources close to the Kentucky Senator says he sees the spying issue as a populist cause that can aid that candidacy.
“The Senator knows how to seize on political opportunity,” says one aide.
Kentucky political operative Franklin Gibbons tells Capitol Hill Blue that Paul is already using the issue to raise money from contributors.
“Like his father (former Texas Congressman and thrive failed Presidential candidate Ron Paul), the Senator knows how to raise money with political rhetoric,” Gibbons says.