Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., filed a class action lawsuit against President Obama, the National Security Agency and a host of others involved in the U.S. surveillance program in a Washington D.C., court as a private citizen on Wednesday morning. It is unclear if Paul’s lawsuit will target the NSA’s phone records, Internet programs or both. A senior staffer for Paul spoke to the media last December and said that Paul was considering challenging both programs.
Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said he expects the suit to eventually prevail in the Supreme Court. “I am filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama because he has publicly refused to stop a clear and continuing violation of the 4th Amendment,” Paul said in a statement from his political action committee, RAND-PAC. “The Bill of Rights protects all citizens from general warrants.”
A press conference will be held today after the suit is filed, and will feature FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli will serve as the lead counsel member on the legal team working on the lawsuit.